A man, aged 32, had his foot infected with a gas-producing germ, which caused the leg to swell enormously. To give him the only chance to recover, the surgeon amputated the limb at a point about seven inches below the hip joint and dressed the amputation wide open, not allowing the flaps to close, in order to secure thorough drainage. Large quantities of gauze came away at each dressing literally soaked in purulent discharge, as the infection had extended above the amputation.

The patient's reserve forces were being drawn upon heavily, and his toxic condition left him unable to withstand pain. He did not appear hysterical, but at each dressing of the wound he could be heard crying all over the hospital on account of the severe pain.

He was placed in a suggestible condition-, using a placebo medicine as an aid; suggestions were given to produce anesthesia, and the wound was dressed without the slightest complaint on the part of patient.