Hack Tuke, Daniel – Sickness - Rheumatism induced by powerful emotions – Fear
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 XI. INFLUENCE OF THE EMOTIONS UPON THE ORGANIC OR VEGETATIVE FUNCTIONS (CONTINUED).
Rheumatism. — I have known two cases in which fright brought on a rheumatic affection of the joints. In one case a woman heard that her husband, who was at work in a town at some distance, had had a severe accident. She was in good health at the time, and after the shock she had received, her wrists and ankles became swollen and painful. Ever since, a period of six years, she has been subject to more or less stiffness of the joints.
In the other case, a boy, aged about 16, was alarmed by a drunken man who one night ran after him with a stick, but did not succeed in overtaking him. The boy on reaching home was pale and suffering altogether from nervous shock. Feverish symptoms followed, and several of the joints shortly afterwards became painful and swollen. When recovering from the attack he suffered a relapse from exposure to the air, and was laid up for some weeks. The case is very similar to several reported by Dr. Todd, which ended in chorea.