Medicine: Hypnosis for Burns

All the standard methods of treatment had failed. Like many severe-burn victims, a group of patients at Dallas' Parkland Hospital morosely refused to eat or to exercise, cried out for narcotics, and suffered from skin grafts that would not heal. For lack of nutrition, the men's wounds were getting worse instead of better. Then a five-man team * from the University of Texas' Southwestern Medical School decided to try age-old, much-debated therapeutic gimmick—hypnosis.

The treatment was repeated daily, directed at specific problems. Sample hyp. node formulas: "When you wake up, the area in which...

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