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Hack Tuke, Daniel – Healing - Incontinence and paralysis cured by suggestion and mesmerism

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026212

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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

Let us take, for instance, the relief of disease afforded by a highly respectable surgeon… It is a case of hemiplegia, and is thus reported by the late Mr. Tubbs, of Upwell, Cambridgeshire. Those who knew this gentleman will not call in question his veracity, however much they may differ from his theory.

" Edward Wine, set. 75, had been paralyzed two years in one arm and leg. The left arm was spasmodically fixed to the chest, the fingers drawn towards the palm of the hand and wasted, quite incapable of holding anything; the lower lip was drawn a little down, and could not hold the saliva, which dropped out at the side of his mouth ; when walking would draw the left leg after him. His gait was tottering, and for two years he was never known to walk without a stick.

Was locally mesmerized May 21st. In forty minutes he felt me draw a pain from his shoulder to his fingers' ends. After the pain was gone he felt as if he could flex and extend the arm, and he accordingly did. By the next operation he managed to hold a spatula in his hand, and exclaimed that he should now be able to eat all the victuals from his old lady. He was able to walk up a staircase into my photographic department where I took his likeness while he was mesmerized by M. Disnay. He was mesmerized twice a day, and always felt more power in the arm and leg. Last Sunday, I stuck a nosegay in his coat and posted him off to church, and he tells me he walked like a gentleman down the aisle, carrying his stick in his lame arm. There being a disposition in his fingers to contract, I have made him wear a splint. I ought not to omit an important feature in his case; his incontinence of urine is nearly cured" (The Zoist. Commenced 1843. Edited by Dr. Elliotson, April, 1855).

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Hack Tuke, Daniel

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