Medicine: Hypnosis for Cancer Pain

To the lengthening list of conditions in which reputable medical men now believe that hypnosis may be useful, a psychiatrist last week added cancer. Dr. Jacob H. Conn, a psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins University, told a Manhattan meeting of anesthesiologists that this relatively quick and simple method of relieving pain—often a major manifestation in late cancer—can be used by any physician after brief special training.

Dr. Conn's technique is conventional: he gets the patient to look at a spot on the wall and concentrate upon a pleasant scene of his own choosing. As his hypnotic state deepens under the doctor's...

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