Perkins, Dr Elisha – Curing Gout using tractors
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 V. — Combined Influence of Arousing" certain Mental States, and lightly touching the Affected Part.
The Autobiography of the late Mr. John Vine Hall (1865) contains many remarkable cases recorded to prove the efficacy of tractorism. Even were his veracity not as unimpeachable as it is, there would be no reason for disputing the facts. For instance, take the following case :
"Contraction of the hand from gout. — Mr. W. E, — , of Maidstone, had long been afflicted with very severe attacks of gout, which frequently disabled him in his hands and feet. About four months ago his hand became so much contracted that he has not been able to close it to the present time, and the attempt to do so occasioned severe pain in the back of the hand, the skin being tense and hard.
At his particular request I applied the tractors, drawing them across the back of his hand, which produced a sensation of great warmth; he then endeavoured to close his hand which occasioned exquisite pain, and he was compelled to desist. I continued drawing the tractors over those parts where the pain was greatest, varying the application from the back of the knuckles to the end of the fingers.
The skin on the back of the hand at length became soft, and in twenty minutes from the commencement of the operation he could open and shut his hand firmly without producing the least pain, except on the knuckle of the first finger. I then applied the tractors a few minutes to this part, and the pain entirely subsided" (p. 154).
PLEASE NOTE Those who decide it might be worth getting this book to find out more need to ignore all reprints. The book was taken by the American Tract Society back in the 1800s and abridged to exclude all reference of Vine Hall’s healing work and his work in prisons to heal mental problems, as such it has little value today. The English unabridged version – if you can find a copy - has numerous examples of his healing work