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J Emerg Med. 1999 Jan-Feb;17(1):53-6.

Hypnosis for pediatric fracture reduction.

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Arizona Bioethics Programs and Section of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson 85718, USA.


Hypnosis can diminish pain and anxiety for many emergency patients during examinations and procedures. While hypnosis has been used for millennia and was demonstrated to be of use in clinical medicine more than a century ago, modern physicians have been reluctant to adopt this technique in clinical practice. This article describes four children with angulated forearm fractures who had no possible access to other forms of analgesia during reduction, and in whom hypnosis was used successfully. A simple method for hypnotic induction is described.

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