The use of magic in the therapeutic setting goes back a long way.
I remember working in some of it in my psych internship at Henrotin Hospital in Chicago - worked miracles when I did a turn in the Emergency Room watching psych intakes! I used it on several occasions to distract someone from an injection and, on one occasion, a bone setting!
Several of the doctors who worked there wound up learning basic tricks (thumb tip, professor's nightmare, etc) and used them in their own practices to the best of my knowledge.
I've even used a magic trick or two as an induction for hypnosis when I did my show at the National Guild of Hypnotists Convention 2000.
BTW, I will be back there again this year (finances willing - we just busted an engine mount on one of the cars - which will eat into available cash flow, for sure!) doing magic at the Thursday night banquet.
For info on the convention, check www.ngh.net
Lee Darrow, C.Ht. http://www.leedarrow.com