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Guidelines warn psychiatrists about memory recovery techniques

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 11 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:899
  1. Daloni Carlisle
  1. London

    Psychiatrists in Britain have been advised not to use “memory recovery techniques” to unearth past sexual abuse of which the patient has no memory. But the Royal College of Psychiatrists has pulled back from publishing the report on which its new guidelines are based.

    The guidelines follow concern over the “false memory syndrome,” in which patients recover memories of childhood sexual abuse under techniques such as hypnotherapy, regression therapy, and drug mediated interviews. The college says that these techniques are not acceptable in psychiatric practice, that …

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