Perkins, Dr Elisha – Curing Paralysis 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 :
" Miss D — , of Hunton, met with an accident six years ago by a fall, which deprived her of the use of both her hands, so that she could not shut either ; her knuckles were also much swollen and hard. She had been electrified several times, and had been under medical treatment several years without obtaining relief. She came to my house this morning, and on perceiving the state of her hands I prevailed on her to allow a trial of the tractors. The swelling and stiffness of the knuckles were reduced in ten minutes, and having applied the tractors twenty-six minutes to each hand she could open and shut them with perfect ease, pressing her fingers firmly upon the fleshy part of her hand" (p. 171).
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