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Psychology, Fifth Edition by Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER7

Consciousness-Raising Time

In This Chapter

  • Getting the scoop on sleep
  • We’re all dreamers at heart
  • Four paths to an altered consciousness
  • The pharmaceutical problem

Imagine how you’d feel if, in the middle of a breast exam, your doctor blurted out: “Oh, my God, I feel a lump in your breast! It could be cancerous!” The fear this doctor’s unprofessional remark would cause would be traumatic even if he were wrong. That’s why doctors are trained to keep initial diagnoses to themselves.

Doctors have unintentionally terrorized patients with similar remarks in the operating room. Because the patient is under anesthesia, doctors typically assume ...

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