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J Pain Symptom Manage. 2008 Apr;35(4):437-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2007.05.009. Epub 2008 Feb 4.

Hypnosis and pain in children.

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Pain Unit, Robert Debré Hospital, Paris, France. <>


The development of studies on neuroimaging applied to hypnosis and to the study of pain not only helps to validate the existence of a hypnotic state but also to ratify its therapeutic effects. These studies also enable us to understand how hypnosis is effective on the cortical level. It also helps us see, from another perspective, the mechanisms of pain leading perhaps to a different definition of pain. This article develops the latest knowledge in the domain of hypnosis and pain, and approaches the clinical practices and their applications in the management of pain in children.

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