This section is from the book "Handbook Of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science", by Henry S. Munro. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science.
Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy. A physician once stated to me frankly that he had no confidence in anything pertaining to these methods, and could not possibly become interested in a sub-ject that he had so disregarded. He was an excellent gentleman, hut, like so many physicians in our profession, had not troubled himself to look into the subject of psychotherapy.
A day or two later he said to a patient of his, the wife of a leading banker in his city, who had suffered with gravid nausea persistently for several days, "If you don't get better, I will bring a physician here who will treat you by hypnotic suggestion."
Her mother, who was present, urged that he do so, and referred to a physician who had relieved her brother, the Reverend Blank, D.D., a prominent educator, of a most distressing supraorbital neuralgia after no benefit had been obtained from other methods of treatment for over two weeks. His patient also urged that I be called in to see her. In his conveyance, while on our way to see this patient, I asked why he desired to use a method in which he "had absolutely no confidence," and had so expressed himself only two days before, when he related to me the circumstance just referred to.
"For this visit she is my patient as well as she is yours, Doctor," said I, "and I expect to get a fine result."
The preconceived mental attitude of your patient is of great psychic significance in determining the results of any kind of therapeutic measures. I had this lady's confidence before I ever saw her, and this was an ideal relation.
After talking with her for a few minutes I turned to her and said I was glad to have the opportunity of demonstrating to Doctor Blank the efficacy of the method of treatment which I was introducing to physicians, and in this particular case it would be a genuine pleasure for her sake, as well as for my own and Doctor Blank's.
I had that lady hypnotized or in a suggestive condition before I suggested that she go to sleep, yet I placed her in a deep sub-conscious or hypnotic condition and made appropriate suggestions.
She was allowed to sleep twenty minutes, and awoke comfortable; ate some bread and buttermilk, as I suggested, and, as she drank it down, stopped to ask her mother if she remembered that she went to the refrigerator upon her return from her graduating exercises four years before, and remarked that no milk had ever tasted so nice before or since until she got this glass, and she proceeded to drain its contents. Her comments upon that glass of buttermilk reminded me of how I relished nice buttermilk when a boy on the farm, and I asked for a glass and drank to her health, and it was fine, too. I hypnotized my patient, but got hypnotized myself into drinking a glass of milk before I left the room.
That lady ate her evening meal, slept well that night, enjoyed her breakfast, and was out driving the next day. A year later her mother reported to me that she went for several weeks without inconvenience, but after that the destruction of some choice flowers by a stupid gardener brought on the return of her trouble, but "it was never so bad."