A gentleman, aged 58 or 60, had typhoid fever for three weeks. He had vomited all food taken for fortyeight hours, and was nervous and weak, and his physician had used every available means to relieve his uncontrollable emesis. In the hypnotic state I suggested that his nerves were getting quiet, and steady, and strong, and repeated this suggestion several times; that all nervousness or weakness was going away; that his stomach was getting stronger and stronger, easier and easier, and that l>y the time I counted ten all sickness, or nausea, or irritability, or weakness about his stomach would be gone, and he could retain milk, liquid nourishment, and water, and would enjoy them.

I also gave him suggestions to give him a good night's sleep, etc. We allowed him to sleep about twenty minutes, and upon awakening him allowed him to drink a glass of fresh buttermilk, which he retained and seemed to enjoy, remarking that seemed to be the only thing that had tasted right to him since he had been sick. He continued to take milk or some form of liquid nourishment, and was not troubled further with sick stomach. He slept well at night and made a safe recovery. 1

I recall several cases in which well-known physicians have relieved persistent, uncontrollable vomiting by hypnotic suggestion. There is more or less neurotic, or hysterical, or neurasthenic element in all acute diseases, which can and should be controlled by suggestion, with or without hypnotism, whichever seems indicated. In pneumonia, typhoid, and malarial fevers, the acute infectious diseases, etc. - in fact, in any case that comes into the hands of the physician or surgeon - the psychic factor should never be overlooked.