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Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis
The history of hypnosis is rich in strange and remarkable incidents: a captivating world populated by enthusiasts and sceptics, mystics and scientists, and studded with the unexpected. Hidden Depths looks into the origins, development and contemporary application of what remains a controversial practice, setting out to expose the truth behind the myths, and taking the read ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Pan MacMillan
(first published April 12th 2002)
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“Hidden Depths” is a history of hypnotism in the Western world from speculative discussion of its use in the ancient world through its employment for self improvement in the modern era. It’s a bold undertaking. For one thing, hypnotism as we know it today given the insight of modern science is a relatively new phenomenon. Historically, what we call hypnotism has existed variously in the domains of religion, spirituality, pseudo-science, entertainment, and outright fraud. For another thing, the h ...more
Robin Anthony Herschel Waterfield was born in 1952 and studied Classics at the University of Manchester, specialising in ancient Greek Philosophy. He lectured at Newcastle University and St Andrews before joining Penguin books as an editor. Currently he is a self-employed author whose output includes books on the ancient world as well as Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.