Medicine: Surgery & Hypnosis

"When you tell a patient that only five out of 100 people ever have any trouble in an operation," says Dr. Fred T. Kolouch, "he isn't really listening to you. He's thinking. 'I'm going to be one of the five.' " So now, at his first interview with a person who needs surger, Dr. Kolouch (rhymes with solo) tells the patient that he will have an easier time in the operation, and get better faster, if he agrees to be hypnotized. Last week Surgeon Kolouch finished compiling the records of 100 patients on whom he has performed surgery with hypnosis,...

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