Section: Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine
Address: 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE UK
Direct Line: +44 (0)207 290 3947

The Section of Hypnosis and Psychsomatic Medicine is a successful and well-attended section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) in London. Post-war, hypnosis was beginning to become more widely used by health professionals—particularly by doctors and dentists—and, as a result, a group of well-established clinicians, together with the Metropolitan Branch of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH), set up a new section devoted to the theoretical understanding and application of hypnosis. Founded by Dr David Waxman, it was originally called the Section of Medical and Dental Hypnosis and changed its name, in 1989, to the Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine under the presidency of Dr David Pederson. Importantly, for at least twenty years, particularly in the field of behaviour psychology, psychologists had been investigating hypnosis and hypnotic suggestibility using a range of statistical data and observation. Indeed, the formation of this new section coincides neatly with the formation of the new British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis (BSECH) in 1977. On Thursday 22nd of June 1978, the inaugural meeting, led by Dr David Waxman, took place at the RSM; and with a council established, the section began to organize conferences and lectures from leading health practitioners and scholars on a regular basis. Since then, the section has gone from strength to strength: there are hundreds of members who regularly attend lectures, and senior members are also involved in the teaching of hypnosis at postgraduate level. All the meetings carry CPD points and they are important to health professionals because, before, during and after the sessions, they have the opportunity to discuss the hypnosis and network with colleagues. The RSM offers whole day conferences, half day meetings and workshops with exciting, well-known and knowledgeable speakers.  Click here for more details



Hypnosis and the placebo effect and the David Waxman memorial lecture

Monday 10 December 2018

Half Day

Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street

Research on the placebo effect has substantially increased in the last 15 years following key, highly influential findings. Both the application of neuroimaging to placebo effects and meta-analyses of clinical trial data have revealed insights into the nature and importance of the placebo effect.

This meeting aims to present and debate arguments for the better consideration of placebo effects in medicine and the utility of hypnosis in potentially marshalling the placebo effect.

Internationally renowned psychologist and expert on hypnosis and the placebo effect, Professor Irving Kirsch will be in attendance and enlightening delegates on the subject. He will be leading a workshop that will consider how to design clinical trials and meta-analyses of those trials presenting common pitfalls, and give advice on how to avoid them.

Overall this event will provide you with valuable knowledge on an extremely important topic in research, medicine and clinical practice.

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