Hypnotism and Suggestion in Therapeutics, Education, and Reform

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 128 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...years had at times rendered his life almost unendurable. Such was her condition and these were only a part of her delusions. She talked and thought of little else; they simply filled her mind. To her, all was very real and her misery was proportionably great. At my first visit I listened patiently to the recital of all her troubles and told her I believed she suffered just as she had explained to me, but that I did not think the cause of her suffering was altogether the powder, but that the irritation of her feet and ankles was caused by poor circulation of the blood; that she must keep her feet elevated, and I would give her a remedy to increase the force of the circulation and also a wash. I told her very positively that there would be great improvement in two days. So it proved, and though we were utter strangers she directly began to trust me and look upon me as her friend. I then began quietly to express my doubts about the bad effect of the powder generally, and to insinuate that much of her trouble was due to something else--something within herself; she listened with the greatest interest, but could not understand how such decided physical sensations could be anything else but true. However, I had introduced a hew thought and she did not altogether reject it. I then told her distinctly that there was no powder about, except the ordinary dust of the atmosphere; that no one was injecting it; that the most expert chemists and microscopists in the city could not find either poison or dust; that Mr. X. was as innocent of causing her trouble as the angel Gabriel; he only desired her comfort and well-being. I declared that she was accusing him wrongfully, and if he sometimes lost self-control for a moment and said hard things it was only what...

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