Hack Tuke, Daniel – Healing - Eye diseases cured by suggestion and mesmerism
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.,
CHAPTEE XVII. PSYCHO- THERAPEUTICS. PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE INFLUENCE OF THE MIND ON THE BODY TO MEDICAL PRACTICE.
SECTION VI.— Effect of Exciting certain Mental States
Deleuze says, "Opacities in the cornea of the eye have been frequently made to disappear. I am acquainted with a woman whom this disorder, produced by small-pox, had deprived of the use of one eye, and who recovered it while being magnetized for another disease." He adds that Dr. Geritz was consulted about a girl, eight or nine years of age, "who, from the same disease, had one eye entirely covered with a film so thick that she could not see the light. He judged, as did all the physicians who had been consulted, that the disease being incurable by ordinary means, it was useless to administer remedies ; but the child having inspired him with much interest, he resolved to undertake her treatment with magnetism.
During two months the action appeared absolutely powerless; the third month the film grew thinner, and in the succeeding one the cure was complete" (Practical Instruction in Animal Magnetism. By J. P. F. Deleuze. Translated by T. C. Hartshorn. 4th Edition. 1850, p. 146).