pain

“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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Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) and Childbirth

This article tries to explore ways of applying established evidence-based procedures for coping with stress (Stress Inoculation Training) to the problems of coping with stress or pain in relation to childbirth. It examines how methodologies based on basic research on stress and coping tend to emphasise elements largely overlooked in established natural childbirth methods.

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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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