Hack Tuke, Daniel – Sickness - Extreme pain induced by powerful emotions – fright
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As described in Illustrations Of The Influence Of The Mind Upon The Body In Health And Disease, Designed To Elucidate The Action Of The Imagination - Daniel Hack Tuke, M.D., M.R.C.P.,
PART II. THE EMOTIONS.
CHAPTER VII. INFLUENCE OF THE EMOTIONS UPON SENSATION.
Gratiolet (loc. cit.) also mentions two medical students, engaged in dissection, one of whom playfully struck the other's extended finger with the back of his scalpel. Frightened, and imagining that he was cut, he uttered a terrible cry, and when he discovered his mistake, averred that the pain was so acute, that he thought the instrument had penetrated to the bone.
Professsor Bennett's case of a terrified butcher, who, on trying to hook up a heavy piece of meat, slipped, was suspended by the arm by the hook, and when taken to a chemist, said he suffered acute agony, is well known. The hook had only traversed his coat, the arm was uninjured, and yet through fear he cried out with "excessive pain" when the sleeve was cut off in order to allow of the arm being examined.