BY MERRY SUE BAUM
|Hypnosis, like an old abandoned house, is surrounded by myths. Ask
people what they think of when they hear the word, and they'll inevitably answer, being
controlled by someone, parlor tricks and side shows, or horror films, featuring demented
scientists who hypnotize young ladies then make them do unspeakable things.
Rare is the
person who thinks of hypnosis as a valuable medical tool. Even in most bookstores,
information on the subject is found on the shelves labeled "The Occult," not on
those labeled "Medicine." Yet hypnosis has had a prominent place in medical
history since the beginning of civilization, and it's estimated that 4,000 plus physicians,
psychologists and dentists use it today.