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Jack Stanley Gibson

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1452

Surgeon who advocated the use of hypnosis as an alternative to anaesthetics

The Irish surgeon Jack Gibson believed in the power of the mind above all else and pioneered the use of hypnosis in surgery for over 40 years. He claimed to have performed more than 4000 procedures without anaesthesia ( and he inspired several generations of doctors to take up the practice of hypnosis, both in surgery and in treating psychosomatic disorders or disease. He also claimed to have cured himself of basal …

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