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Prolonged Exposure: a Rapid Treatment for Phobias

Br Med J 1971; 1 doi: (Published 02 January 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;1:13
  1. J. P. Watson,
  2. R. Gaind,
  3. I. M. Marks


    Ten adult patients with long-standing specific phobias were treated by prolonged continuous exposure to their phobic objects in fantasy and reality without avoidance. All patients were greatly helped by four to five hours' treatment in two or three sessions, and all improved more after practice than after imaginal sessions. The treatment method is more economical and efficient than other methods described so far.