Medicine: Capsules, Oct. 5, 1959

¶ Hypnosis may be an effective technique in controlling persistent hiccups. So say Internists Gordon Bendersky and Martin Badin in the A.M.A.'s Archives of Internal Medicine. They cite one patient who began hiccuping after hospital treatment for a coronary occlusion, failed to respond to a wide range of conventional treatments (e.g., drugs, sedation, nerve stimulation). After one session of deep hypnosis, the attacks stopped. Many doctors disregard hypnosis on the ground that it suppresses symptoms without attacking the ailment's cause (whether emotional or organic), but the authors argue otherwise. Their conclusion: Because psychological problems may be the dominant factor in many...

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