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Medicine And The Media

Recovery and abuse

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:825
  1. Ian Robertson, neuropsychologist and writer
  1. Cambridge

    Dawn has always had stomach problems. Under psychotherapy we see her regressing through the womb and back to the 1st century AD. She recovers the memory, in vivid and convincing detail, of having her stomach slashed. The problem is solved: her sore tummy was caused by an injury sustained 2000 years ago.

    Dr Robert Jarman, described in this American documentary as a “psychiatrist specialising in present and past life hypnotherapy,” is seen—svelte and reassuringly grey on his leather swivel chair—solemnly taking notes of exotic journeys into past centuries. “That's it … let it out,” he murmurs gently but firmly to a patient, who, with his help, remembers that she was sexually abused by a babysitter when she was 5 years old. …

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