Mesmerism

“On Esdaile and Hypnotic Anaesthetic” from The Complete Writings of James Braid

“On Esdaile & Hypnotic Anaesthetic”: Letter to The Medical Times (1847) Excerpt from The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid [This small study could be considered to show, at best, either 30% or 60% “success” for Esdaile’s Mesmeric anaesthesia, depending on whether subjects who acted as if suffering pain but denied feeling […]

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Hypnotic Childbirth: Some Suggestions

This brief excerpt from an earlier article summarises specific examples of the main suggestions (and autosuggestions) used for coping with pregnancy and natural childbirth, derived from a survey of the hypnotherapy literature.

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An Early Hypnotic Subject Speaks

Dr. James John Garth Wilkinson was an early Victorian hypnotist. He was hypnotised by James Braid, the founder of hypnotherapy, observed many of his experiments, and became a hypnotist himself. Wilkinson was also a popular writer and describes the subjective experience of being hypnotised in colourful and expressive language, e.g., as a “diamond glare” of focused attention, etc.

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