World's Greatest Hypnotists

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Today, hypnotism is recognized as an effective therapeutic tool and its importance is growing. This book shows how hypnotism reached its present status of acceptance, through two centuries of pioneering effort by several fascinating personalities. Special emphasis is placed on the life and work of Dr. Milton H. Erickson, the foremost mid-20th century exponent of hypnotism and the acknowledged father of modern hypnotherapy. This is the first book to provide a thorough narrative and biographical account of ...
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Overview

Today, hypnotism is recognized as an effective therapeutic tool and its importance is growing. This book shows how hypnotism reached its present status of acceptance, through two centuries of pioneering effort by several fascinating personalities. Special emphasis is placed on the life and work of Dr. Milton H. Erickson, the foremost mid-20th century exponent of hypnotism and the acknowledged father of modern hypnotherapy. This is the first book to provide a thorough narrative and biographical account of hypnotism's progress from 1775 to the present day. In addition to the history of hypnotism from its shamanistic origins to the modern clinical applications of today, this book looks forward to still greater advances in the use of hypnosis for the relieving and blocking of pain, and in enhancing the human immune system.

Author Biography: John C. Hughes is the author of "Hypnosis for the '80s: Its Theory, Technique & Practice" (Bookman Press, 1990).

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Editorial Reviews

Milton H. Erickson The Foundation Newsletter
"A well-written, readable, and enjoyable text. Effective in providing an overview of the major schools of thinking, the differences and commonalities, and in clarifying those elements within the societal and historical texts."
The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
A well-written, readable, and enjoyable text. Effective in providing an overview of the major schools of thinking, the differences and commonalities, and in clarifying those elements within the societal and historical texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761805045
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Hughes is the author of Hypnosis for the '80s: Its Theory, Technique & Practice (Bookman Press, 1990).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Temples of Sleep 1
Ch. 2 Mesmer Revives an Ancient Art 13
Ch. 3 The Paradis Case Leads to Mesmer's Exile 23
Ch. 4 Mesmer in the Paris of the Enlightenment 31
Ch. 5 The Transitory Triumph of Animal Magnetism 37
Ch. 6 The Fall of Mesmer - But Not of Mesmerism 49
Ch. 7 Puysegur Discovers Artificial Somnambulism 63
Ch. 8 The Abbe Faria Does Away with Magnetic Fluid 75
Ch. 9 The German Sidepaths 85
Ch. 10 The Mid-Century Eclipse in France 91
Ch. 11 John Elliotson Introduces Mesmerism to Britain 101
Ch. 12 Charles Dickens Heads the Creative Mesmerists 117
Ch. 13 James Braid Coins a Name That Sticks 133
Ch. 14 James Esdaile Introduces Hypnotic Anesthesia 143
Ch. 15 Mesmerism's Late Arrival in America 153
Ch. 16 Liebeault and Bernheim Found the Nancy School 167
Ch. 17 Charcot and the Salpetriere School 179
Ch. 18 Pierre Janet: a Bridge Between Two Centuries 189
Ch. 19 Freud's Abandonment of Hypnotism 201
Ch. 20 British Hypnotism's Rocky Road 207
Ch. 21 "Every Day In Every Way" Charms the Roaring Twenties 215
Ch. 22 The Arrival of Milton H. Erickson 223
Ch. 23 Erickson the Master Wounded Healer 231
Ch. 24 Future Trends: Hypnotism Come of Age 239
Epilogue 249
References 255
Index 273
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