Mesmerism in India, and Its Practical Application in Surgery and Medicine

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Psychic Research Company, 1902 - Mesmerism - 165 pages
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Page 161 - In order to ascertain whether the somnambulist made any use of his eyes, the Archbishop held a piece of pasteboard under his chin, to prevent him from seeing the paper upon which he was writing, but he continued to write on, without being apparently incommoded in the slightest degree.
Page 51 - In this peculiar state of sleep, the surface of the body is sometimes acutely sensible, but more frequently the sense of feeling is absolutely annihilated. The jaws are firmly 'locked, and resist every effort to wrench them open ; the joints are often rigid, and the limbs inflexible; and not only is the sense of feeling, but the senses of smell, hearing, and sight also, are so deadened to all external impressions, that no pungent odour, loud report, or glare of light, can excite them in the slightest...
Page 93 - 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. The operation was by this time finished, and he was laid on the floor to have his face...
Page 7 - If the history of the man experiencing no agony during the operation were true, still the fact is unworthy of consideration, because pain is a wise provision of nature, and patients ought to suffer pain while their surgeons are operating; they are all the better for it and recover better.
Page 82 - ... twenty-four, doing at intervals that which she is not doing. There are many exhibitions of extravagant powers which she possesses, that we talk of to no one ; for, finding it difficult to acquire credit for lesser things, we do not venture on the greater. Her power ceases the moment the attack passes off. A considerable swelling has at times been visible at the back of the head, which has yielded to the treatment. It is certainly a case which would be an instructive one, in the consideration...
Page 82 - I saw her, last night only, declare the contents of a note just brought into the room, in this way (when I could not decipher it myself without a candle), and with a rapidity with which I could not have read it by daylight. I have seen her develop hand-writing by the application of a note to the back of her hand, neck, or foot ; and she can do it at any time. There is nothing unnatural in this ; for, of course, the nervous susceptibility extends all over the surface of the body, but use and habit...
Page 160 - Medea, laid the sheet in a proper situation, before him, and having found the appropriate key, he played the whole piece, with his usual skill, upon the harpsichord. In the same manner he also played one of Bach's Sonatas, and gave the most expressive passages with surprising effect. One of the persons present turned the notes upside down : This he immediately perceived, and when he recommenced playing, he replaced the sheet in its proper position.
Page 81 - I cannot enter into any long details of the case, which has been attended with all those varieties which have long characterized the complaint, among medical men, as the Protean disorder. The extraordinary powers communicated to the other senses by the temporary suspension of one or two of them, are beyond credibility to all those who do not witness it ; and I really seldom enter into any of the details, because it would be but reasonable that those who have not seen should doubt the reality of them....
Page 89 - ... these sensibilities, and such persons are awoke with great difficulty, by the use of all the de-mesmerising agents. The respiratory nerves of the face are more particularly sensitive to the impressions of air, cold, and friction ; indeed the shock given to a somnambulist by blowing in his face simply, often resembles the effects of an actual blow, and is sufficient to awake him ; how, I cannot possibly imagine, unless it be by acting as a relief to the brain, by restoring its secretions to their...
Page 82 - In making this communication to you, in part to vin" dicate the testimony of my friend, Mr. M , I have " really exceeded my usual custom and resolution ; for I " do not think it fair to the poor sufferer herself, to make " her too much the talk of others. Very few believe what " we tell them, — and therefore, we are in no degree " anxious to open our lips on the subject. All I know is, " that I should not have believed it 'myself, had I been

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