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Erickson, Milton Hyland (05 December 1901–25 March 1980), psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, was born in Aurum, Nevada, the son of Albert Erickson, a miner and prospector, and Clara Florence Miner. Around 1905 the family resettled on a farm in Wisconsin, where Erickson was raised. In 1925 he married Helen Hutton; they divorced in 1935. Erickson attended the University of Wisconsin, where he received a B.A. in 1927 and an M.A. in psychology and a medical degree, both in 1928. While still an undergraduate, he began to experiment with hypnotic techniques. By his junior year, Erickson had hypnotized several hundred people and performed demonstrations of hypnosis for the faculties of the medical school and the psychology department....