JAMES L. MCCARTNEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Psychotherapy in some form or other is used by every physician, and although the surgeon may use it only occasionally, the internist uses it constantly, even though he may not think of it as such. He may consider psychotherapy as persuasion, readjustment, reëducation, psychoanalysis, hypnosis, suggestion, or even bluff. Every physician admits the use of placebos, and although he may dismiss the case as purely functional, imaginative, hypochondriac, neurotic, or just faking, he usually realizes that the patient wants something done for him and so he gives a prescription, an injection, an electric treatment, or a bottle of medicine with
MCCARTNEY JL. PSYCHOTHERAPY, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE USE OF HYPNOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;12:1279–1294. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-8-1279
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