Hypnotism: Its History, Practice and Theory

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A. Moring, 1906 - Hypnotism - 478 pages
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The text outlines principal hypnotic theories and discusses a variety of applications as they existed in 1906, at the time of this publication. Specifically, the author presents medical and surgical cases using hypnosis from his own practice and from other medical journals. The experimental phenomena of hypnosis and post-hypnotic appreciation of time are also examined. Care and management of medical and experimental cases are considered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).

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Page 355 - ... pain is a wise provision of nature, and patients ought to suffer pain while their surgeon is operating : they are all the better for it, and recover better.
Page 373 - Two different lines of hieroglyphics have to be read at once, and the right hand is to be guided to attend to one of them, the left to another. All the ten fingers have their work assigned as quickly as they can move. The mind (or something which does duty as mind) interprets scores of A sharps and B flats and C naturals...
Page 159 - I bent his head forward, and it ran from his mouth as if from a leaden spout. The man never moved, nor showed any signs of life, except an occasional indistinct moan ; but when I threw back his head, and passed my fingers into his throat to detach the mass in that direction, the stream of blood was directed into his wind-pipe, and some instinctive effort became necessary for existence ; he therefore coughed, and leaned forward, to get rid of the blood ; and I supposed that he then awoke.
Page 120 - D. was to make a cross on a piece of paper, and write down the time she believed it to be without looking at clock or watch.
Page 165 - Go to sleep by order of Dr. Bramwell, and obey Mr. Turner's commands. J. MILNE BRAMWELL. " This experiment answered perfectly. Sleep was induced at once by reading the note, and was so profound that at the end of a lengthy operation, in which sixteen stumps were removed, she awoke smiling, and insisted that she had felt no pain ; and, what was remarkable, there was no pain in her mouth. She was found after some time, when unobserved, reading the Graphic in the waiting-room as if nothing had happened.
Page 397 - It must be admitted, therefore, that in certain persons, at least, the total possible consciousness may be split into parts which coexist but mutually ignore each other, and share the objects of knowledge between them.
Page 140 - He was then placed with his hand on the planchette, a large screen being held in front of his face, so that it was impossible for him to see the paper or instrument. In less than a minute the writing began. The words were, It was a dark day in London yesterday.
Page 414 - The general mechanism of attention is motory, and in the particular case of voluntary attention it chiefly consists of an action of inhibition. Everyone knows by experience that voluntary attention is always accompanied by a feeling of effort, which bears a direct proportion to the duration of the state and the difficulty of maintaining it.
Page 372 - Wait a minute, and it will come to me," and go on talking. Presently, perhaps some minutes later, the idea we are in search of comes all at once into the mind, delivered like a prepaid bundle, laid at the door of consciousness like a foundling in a basket. How it came there we know not. The mind must have been at work groping and feeling for it in the dark: it cannot have come of itself. Yet, all the while, our consciousness, so far as we are conscious of our consciousness, was busy with other thoughts.
Page 37 - The Committee are of opinion that when used for therapeutic purposes its employment should be confined to qualified medical men, and that under no circumstances should female patients be hypnotised, except in the presence of a relative or a person of their own sex.

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