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.
The case of the prominent educator mentioned in illustration 27, who had supraorbital neuralgia, was an interesting one, and is worth relating here, as it brings out some important features in connection with the application of suggestive therapeutics, and at the same time clears up some misapprehensions in regard to hypnotism and its application to the higher grades of intelligence. The gentleman in question was the president of a well-known college in his state. When I met him he apologized for his "stupidity," and explained that his case had resisted all treatment for two weeks and was getting the best of him. He said that 25 grains of quinin daily and 2 1/4-grain doses of morphin sulphate had been his dose for the past several days, besides using static electricity, hot applications, different standard neuralgic remedies, and all the modern "antis."
"Let me relieve you by suggestion, Doctor," said T.
"What, do you mean to hypnotize me?" he replied, somewhat astonished.
"Yes, get you to lake a suggestion."
"But I never thought I could be hypnotized," said he.
"Only weak-minded persons can not be hypnotized, can not be induced to execute an idea or series of ideas, for the lack of ability to exercise self-control, and certainly one can not hypnotize a strong-minded person who does not care to be hypnotized. Of course, you belong to the latter class, but, if you will consent, I will show you what can be done for you."
"My dear sir," replied he, "I will consent to anything that even holds out a hope of relief." We very promptly arranged to give him the treatment, and I left him in a condition supposed to be sleep, having made appropriate suggestions.
Ten days later I saw him again, and he was quick to thank me for the very prompt and efficacious relief given him by the treatment, and said he had not suffered one iota from that condition since I left him. "But, Doctor," said he, "I don't think I was asleep. I wanted to tell you that I was easy before you left, but promised to lie still in the condition as you requested!"
That was just where he consented to act intelligently upon and execute an idea, or take my suggestion. All that is necessary is the intelligent co-operation of the patient. So I repeat again, for I desire to drive this point home, that hypnotism is nothing more or less than getting an individual to act upon an idea or series of ideas, either consciously or subconsciously.
Get out of your mind anything you ever saw on the stage in exhibition of the amusement features of hypnotism. Even there, however, you see an illustration of the subject under discussion. Boys like fun; it is in their line - in accordance with their thought and conduct - and they go on the stage having perhaps unconsciously decided to act upon or execute any idea or series of ideas given by the hypnotist. Your patient does the same thing when he co-operates with you in any ordinary method of treatment.