“The mind/body dualism proposed by Descartes allowed physicians to investigate and experiment with the body while minimizing concern that its manipulation affected the mind and soul. This philosophy made medical practice acceptable to theologians of that time, and it persists in much of modern medicine. However, as Braid wrote about hypnosis 150 years
ago, “The . . . phenomena . . . point to the importance of combining the study of psychology with that of physiology, and vice versa. I believe the attempt made to study these two branches of science so much apart from each other, has been a great hindrance to the successful study of either
Given our evolving understanding of the mechanisms that underlie psychophysiologic phenomena, it is time for clinicians to recognize that patients may benefit from study and treatment of both mind and body, regardless of whether the presenting complaint appears to be the result of psychological or physical causes. Clinical hypnosis provides us a tool with which to engage the mind to benefit the entire person.”
This is the final section of a very interesting paper published by Dr Ran D. Anbar, MD, in the Journal of Paediatrics, October 2006, that talks about the changes occurring in how science see the relationship between mind and body, and how hypnosis sits precisely at the nexus.
As such, and although it has been recognised as a, “legitimate medical tool by the British Medical Society in 1955 and by the American Medical Association in 1958”, it is only now being seen as playing an increasingly important role in the treatment of both psychological and physiological problems.
The paper outlines criteria the profession must meet in order to achieve its full potential.
You can read the entire paper here