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Gill, M.M. (1962). A System of Medical Hypnosis. Psychoanal Q., 31:112-112.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:112-112

A System of Medical Hypnosis

Review by:
Merton M. Gill

By Ainslie Meares, M.D. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1960. 484 pp.

HYPNOSIS IN TREATMENT. By William Moodie. New York: Emerson Books, Inc., 1960. 168 pp.

Both authors are practicing psychiatrists, Meares in Melbourne and Moodie in London. Both books are clinical works on the use of suggestion and hypnosis in psychotherapy. Meares's volume is a systematic textbook, including a section on hypnosis in general medicine. Moodie's is a collection of case vignettes. Both are based on common-sense psychology seasoned with a dash of psychoanalytic spice. Neither is of value to the psychoanalyst. Meares's book is of some use to the beginner because he pays attention to the patient-therapist relationship and because of his detailed technical advice.

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