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Dr M L Holbrook is cured by his dead sister



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From The Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research volume viii

[from Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death – F W H Myers]

[The case history was about M L Holbrook MD Editor – Herald of Health July 30th 1884]

Dr Holbrook had been quite ill with acute bronchitis, which occurred every winter and spring for several years.  As he was young and newly embarked on a career which was of great interest to him, he was despondent for fear it would ultimately become chronic, and perhaps terminate his life. 

In this depressed condition he fell into a light sleep and seemed to see his sister, who had been dead more than twenty years.

She said ‘Do not worry about your health, we have come to cure you; there is much yet for you to do in the world’. 

Then she vanished, and his brain seemed to be electrified as if by a shock from a battery, not painful, but delicious.  It spread downward over his entire body.  He awoke and found himself well, and never again had an attack of the disease

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