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doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e318212ba87
Education: Mind to Mind

State of the Art

Bebawy, John F. M.D.*

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THE “evidence” won't tell me how to adjust the vapor for this patient, but I know how half the people will react.
I'll do my best to intuit how much opioid to give the next patient, based on her tolerance, after all, the exact dose is a range.
One stick of white or two, the following patient is young and healthy, maybe one-and-a-half, I'll titrate to effect.
When Hypnos emerges from his poppy-covered cave, pouring out his somniferous seed, he knows exactly how much to dispense.
His essence is seamlessly sewn to his subject, his being as one with his ailing Sarpedon, and soft sleep comes effortlessly.
So I'll make this patient's pulse my own, I'll bound with each beat, but I'll learn to hypnotize only one more person.

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