Mesmerism in India: And Its Practical Application in Surgery and Medicine

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Silas Andrus and Son, 1847 - 259 páginas
 

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Página xiii - If the history of the man experiencing no agony during the operation were true, still the fact is unworthy of consideration, because pain is a wise provision of nature, and patients ought to suffer pain while their surgeons are operating; they are all the better for it and recover better.
Página 148 - The man never moved, nor showed any signs of life, except an occasional indistinct moan; but when I threw back his head, and passed my fingers into his throat, to detach the mass in that direction, the stream of blood was directed into his windpipe, and some instinctive effort became necessary for existence ; he therefore coughed, and leaned forward to get rid of the blood ; and I supposed that he then awoke. The operation was by this time finished, and he was laid on the floor to have his face sewed...
Página 129 - ... twenty-four, doing at intervals that which she is not doing. There are many exhibitions of extravagant powers which she possesses, that we talk of to no one ; for, finding it difficult to acquire credit for lesser things, we do not venture on the greater. Her power ceases the moment the attack passes off. A considerable swelling has at times been visible at the back of the head, which has yielded to the treatment. It is certainly a case which would be an instructive one, in the consideration...
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Página 129 - I saw her, last night only, declare the contents of a note just brought through the room, in this way (when I could not decipher it myself, without a candle), and with a rapidity with which I could not have read it by daylight. I have seen her develop hand-writing by the application of a note to the back of her hand, neck, or foot ; and she can do it at any time. There is nothing unnatural in this, for, of course, the nervous susceptibility extends all over the surface of the body, but use and habit...
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