Hypnotism and Suggestion in Therapeutics, Education, and Reform (Google eBook)

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Holt, 1901 - Hypnotism - 344 pages
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Page 7 - Abandoning all disguise, the confession that I feel bound to make before you is that I prolong the vision backward across the boundary of the experimental evidence, and discern in that matter, which we in our ignorance, and notwithstanding our professed .reverence for its Creator, have hitherto covered with opprobrium, the promise and potency of every form and quality of life.
Page 179 - USES.—These roots possess astringent and probably tonic virtues, and are much used in the summer complaint and diarrhoea of children as a domestic remedy. Usually a decoction is prepared, in the proportion of an ounce of the root to a pint of water, or sometimes of milk, according to the stage of the disease and the condition of the patient.
Page 231 - ... attention, I could entrance him in whatever occupation he was engaged, and at any distance within the hospital enclosure. . . . My first attempt to influence the blind man was made by gazing at him silently over a wall, while he was engaged in the act of eating his solitary dinner, at a distance of twenty yards. He gradually ceased to eat, and in a quarter of an hour was profoundly entranced and cataleptic. This was repeated at the most untimely hours, when he could not possibly know of my being...
Page 138 - In about ten minutes a stertorous sleep ensued ; and in five minutes more she passed into a sleep-waking state and began to talk incoherently. The process was repeated on many days, and gradually she became sane when in the trance, though she still raved when awake. Gradually too she became able to obey...
Page 230 - I placed him on a stool without saying a word to him, and entranced him in ten minutes without touching him. This man became so susceptible that, by making him the object of my attention, I could entrance him in whatever occupation he was engaged, and at any distance within the hospital enclosure. . . . My first attempt to influence the blind man was made by gazing at him silently over a wall, while he was engaged in the act of eating his solitary dinner, at a distance of twenty yards. He gradually...
Page 139 - ... her room — then suggestions involving marked changes in her behavior ; finally in the hypnotic state she voluntarily expressed regret for her past life, and of her own accord made good resolutions for the future which she carried out when awake ; and the improvement in her conduct and character was permanent. Two years later M. Voisin wrote that she was a nurse in a Paris hospital and that her conduct was irreproachable.
Page 291 - ... think that the action of these causes is very feeble, and may easily be disturbed by a great variety of accidental circumstances ; so that, from the fact that, in many cases, this agent has failed to manifest itself we ought not to conclude that it never exists. We are so far from being acquainted with all the agents in nature, and their different modes of action, that it would be unphilosophical to deny the existence of phenomena, merely because, in the present state of our knowledge, they are...
Page 228 - From multiplied experiments in six different hospitals, I should as soon doubt the power of fresh water to quench thirst .as that of mesmerised water to induce sleep, in persons who have already felt the mesmeric influence. Here also it will be said that smell and taste, suggestion and imagination, and no extraneous influence, produced the result. I repeat that the only experiments...
Page ii - He repudiates the idea of the supernatural altogether, and in this he is in accord with the best thought of the day. . . . Interesting and logical.
Page 154 - ... quiet, subjective and sleepy, but not asleep. I then suggested that he would no longer be a crying, whimpering coward, but a strong, brave boy ; that he would take his treatment without fear, and that he would stand up sturdily for his rights among his playfellows. This was repeated over and over, gently but firmly — he all the while remaining passive and sleepy, and apparently taking no notice whatever of my suggestions. The next time I called he was shy but not troublesome, and with two or...

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