Medicine: The Hypnotized Heart

An unprecedented use for hypnosis—as an essential part of anesthesia in open heart operations—was described by Beverly Hills Anesthesiologist Milton J. Marmer last week. The result, Dr. Marmer told the A.M.A. convention, was to permit the use of chemical anesthesia so light that one teen-age patient could be awakened while the lower right chamber of her heart was open. After the drastic surgery, she made a good recovery with only slight pain.

Great danger in all major operations inside the chest is that the nerve centers controlling breathing and heartbeat will stop. The deeper the anesthesia, the greater the danger. So surgeons...

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