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Freud, S. (1891). Hypnosis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume I ( 1886-1899): Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts, 103-114.

Freud, S. (1891). [SEA103a1]Hypnosis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume I ( 1886-1899): Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts, 103-114

Hypnosis (1891)

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[SEA103a2](a) German Edition:

[SEA103a3]1891 In Anton Bum's Therapeutisches Lexikon, 724-732. (Vienna: Urban & Schwarzenberg.) (1893, 2nd ed., 896-904; 1900, 3rd ed., 1, 1110-19.)

[SEA103a4]The 2nd and 3rd editions are unaltered, except for a very few extremely small corrections, mainly typographical. The present translation, by James Strachey, is the first into English.

[SEA103a5]This signed contribution to a medical dictionary had been entirely overlooked till it was discovered in 1963 by Dr. Paul F. Cranefield, Ph.D., the Editor of the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. Our thanks are due to him for drawing our attention to it and supplying us with photostats. Nothing seems to be known of the circumstances of its composition.

[SEA103a6]It would be a mistake to think that it is very easy to practise hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. On the contrary, the technique of hypnotizing is just as difficult a medical procedure as any other. A physician who wishes to hypnotize should have learnt it from a master of the art and even then will require much practice of his own in order to achieve successes in more than a few isolated cases. Afterwards, as an experienced hypnotist, he will approach the matter with all the seriousness and decisiveness which spring from a consciousness of undertaking something useful and, indeed, in some circumstances necessary. The recollection of so many cures brought about by hypnosis will lend his behaviour towards his patients a certainty which will not fail to evoke in them too an expectation of yet another therapeutic success.

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