HISTORY OF HYPNOSIS
From the Wright brothers until today, aeronautical engineering has progressed. Similarly, the understanding of the processes and benefits of hypnosis has progressed from Franz Mesmer in the 1770s until the present.
Wikipedia has a surprisingly thorough article on the History of Hypnosis. It summarizes the significant advances in hypnosis over the past 235 years.
John C. Hughes, author of the book, The Illustrated History of Hypnotism – From Franz Anton Mesmer to Milton H. Erickson, covers this subject more thoroughly.
Hypnosis is also a powerful tool for health. James H. Stewart, M.D. authored the article “Hypnosis in Contemporary Medicine,” published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. According to this article, “The acceptance of hypnosis as a mode of treatment in medicine is increasing as a result of careful, methodical, empirical work of many research pioneers… These trials have established the utility and efficacy of hypnosis for several medical conditions, either alone or as part of the treatment regimen.”