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Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy in Child Psychiatry

Mordecai Kaffman, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(6):725-738. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740060085011.
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ALTHOUGH almost every psychiatric syndrome has been reported as having been successfully treated by different therapeutic techniques, the fact remains that up to now we are still unable to cure or alleviate different kinds of mental ailments. Without exception every present mode of therapy in the field of mental health has a more or less specific and limited range of indications and a concurrent wide gamut of refractoriness, shortcomings, and failures. The orthodox overcommitment to the only technique in which one happens to be trained, to the exclusion of other methods of treatment, can only be accomplished in clinical practice either by highly restrictive selection of patients or at the cost of an excessive amount of therapeutic failures.

On these grounds, hypnosis, one of the oldest and most extensively used methods of treatment in mental illness, cannot be discarded as one of the potential


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