Perkins, Dr Elisha – Curing Headaches 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.
" John Peacock, a patient of Dr. New, had been affected for four months with a weakness of the hip, and severe rheumatic pains, brought on by working in a damp coalpit. At first the tractors occasioned considerable pain, and very restless nights (I use his own words), but after a few trials he began to sleep unusually well, and had fewer attacks of pain, and appeared confident and happy in the idea that a remedy had been discovered for his complaints.
"With such a subject, the event may be easily anticipated. This morning he came to thank me for my services, and he was always exceedingly grateful to Mr. Barton and Mr. Gainsford, who operated upon him in my absence. I cannot help mentioning one circumstance respecting this man. He came to me one day complaining of a violent settled pain in his forehead, which he said almost distracted him, and requested me to draw it out. The pieces of mahogany were drawn gently over his forehead for a minute and a half, when the throbbing began to abate, and in two minutes had nearly ceased. In about three or four minutes the man arose from the chair, saying, God bless you, sir, now I am quite easy.' He was attacked with this pain only once afterwards, which affected his vision considerably, but it was removed as easily as in the former instance.