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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1953
Hlypiotism Soothes Dental Chair Fears Committee
By JANE HOWARD
Without waving their hands and
fingers and indulging in mystical,
carnival-style mumbo-jumbo, sev-
eral dentists are currently employ-
ing hypnosis to overcome "the
greatest enemy the dental profes-
sion has ever known"-fear.
The recent trend toward hyp-
notic practices in dental offices
alf over he country was attributed
by Dr. Floyd D. Ostrander, profes-
sor in the School of Dentistry, to a
momentary revival of interest re-
suiting from the publication of
several textbooks on the subject.
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ALTHOUGH MANY dentists
swear by hypnosis, Ostrander and
Dr. Glenn R. Brooks, a lecturer in
postgraduate dentistry, agreed that
its "harmful potentialities" out-
weigh the good. Both denounced
one textbook's assertion that any
dentist, with training, can admin-
ister hypnosis and that 95 per
cent of patients will accept it.
"Hypnosis," Ostrander ex-
plained, "depends almost entire-
ly on a mutual agreement. No-
body can be hypnotized against
his will, and in many cases the
actual process of hypnosis must
wait until two or three prepara-
tory sessions between dentist and
patient have taken place success-
fully. For this reason hypnosis
isn't practical for routine use."
Dentists who use hypnotism, few
of whom are to be found in this
area,,use the practice to soothe pa-
tients who have a horror even of
opening -their mouths in a dental
ALTHOUGH some dentists go
so far as to open what they call a
"relaxation room" monotonously
painted in light blue where they
put patients completely to sleep,
most of the hypnosis-advocates
merely use a deep, calm restful
voice and a relaxed manner to in-
duce a state of slight trance.
Drs. Ostrander and Brooks
know some dentists whose "chair-
side manners," however uninten-
tionally,.have had the effect of
hypnotic powers. Such men
have been known to perform
complex extractions and other.
fear-inspiring opeations which,
because ofpatients' uncoopera-
tive attitudes, were previously
Moral and social aspects of right
and wrong, according to Ostrander
and Brooks, serve as the chief ob-
jection to hypnosis. "Dentists,"
they commented, "don't like to
fool around with the subconscious
that's more in the psychiatric
DENTISTS WHO use hypnosis,
however, claim that "the moral.
code will always prevailhandpa-
tients will always return to nor-
mal after the state of trance, whose
length can be determined by the
Hypnotic practices in medicine
and dentistry can be traced back
4,000 years, with widespread
American use starting about a
Hypnosis itself consists of "giv-
ing the conscious mind a short
vacation, and letting the subcon-
scious take over." When the sub-
conscious has the upper hand it
must do as it is told, within moral
SL Will Hold
Black Cat Ball
* In keeping with the Halloween
spirit, Student Legislature has de-
cided to name its Homecoming
Dance the "Black Cat Ball," and
to highlight homecoming activi-
,ties with the same theme.
Homecoming, displays will be
judged Saturday, Oct. 31, with six
prizes going to the best attrac-
tions. Entry blanks for the con-
test will be distributed to all hous-
ing units. The completed blanks,
due Friday, Oct. 23, may be re-
turned to Jim Wills, '56, at 620 S.
Displays will be judged on their
originality, artistic design, execu-
tion and moving parts, with minor
consideration given to appropriate-
ness and sound effects. Six tro-
phies, three each in the men's and
women's divisions, will be awarded
for the best displays.
Tickets will be on sale for the
"Black Cat Ball" within two weeks
at the Administration Bldg. The
SL-sponsored dance, set for gatur-
day, Oct. 31, will feature the music
of Claude Thornhill's orchestra.
Requirements for membership
in the Student Legislature aca-
demic freedom subcommittee weire
laid down yesterday at the group's
second organizational meeting.
All student groups on campus,
including political, religious, and
service organikations, as well as.
individual residence halls, sorori-
ties and fraternities, will be en-
titled to send one voting delegate
to the committee meetings.
However, a member must pre-
sent credentials signed by the
secretary of his group at one of
the subcommittee meetings held
before Oct. 31.
The purpose of the group is to
arouse student interest on the
question of academic freedom and
to encourage formulation of in-
dividual ideas on the actual mean-
ing of the term.
The committee is laying plans
for activities to take place during
Academic Freedom Week which
they will sponsor on campus Nov.
15 to 21.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1953
READ AND USE DAILY CLASSIFIEDS
DENTAL STUDENT PRACTICES HIS TECHNIQUE
Miller Lecture on Telescopes
To Begin AstronomySeries
Prof. Freeman D. Miller of the
astronomy department will speak
at 7:30 p.m. today in Rm. 2003
Angell Hall on "Thb World's Great
The lecture is part of a series to
be presented by the astronomy de-
partment. After the speech a spec-
ial exhibit will be shown on the
Visitors will be shown how much
they would weigh on Mars, the
moon, the sun and various other
celestial bodies. A meteor demon-
stration has also been planned.
Also on the fifth floor, the stu-
dent observatory will be open until
10 p.m. for observations with the
telescope and binoculars.
Other lectures in the series will
be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday
nights. If the sky is cloudy, visitors
can inspect the telescopes and
Prof. William Liller, who organ-
ized the exhibit and lecture series,
said that the display and lectures
should be of much interest to the
general public, since hey will be
presented on a non-technical basis.
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In March, 1953, the Department of Defense disclosed
the existence of the Chance Vought- guided missile,
the Regulus, designed under the sponsorship of the
Navy Bureau of Aeronautics for launching from sub-
marines, surface ships and shore bases. In May, 1953,
the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics announced that
Chance Vought had won a design competition for a
new Navy Day Fighter, it being selected as the design
best suited for Navy requirements from designs sub-
mitted by eight aircraft manufacturers. This engi-'
neering work was added to the current Chance
Vought projects, the F7U-3 Cutlass and the attack
airplane, the A2U-1. Moreover, other research and
development programs which will shape the aircraft
designs of the future are being carried out at the
These engineering projects offer excellent long range
employment opportunities in many fields of'engineer-
ing and science as Chance Vought enters its thirty-
seventh year designing and building military aircraft.
Newly graduated engineers and scientists from the
Bachelor to the Doctor's level will find interesting
futures awaiting them in-the design and production
of these aircraft.
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