A hundred years ago: Treatment of war neuroses. Practitioner 2016;260:33

Treatment of war neuroses

22 Feb 2016Registered users

Much good may be done by suggestion in hysterical cases. By encouraging a patient and assuring him that he can use a paralysed limb, we may gradually bring back his control over it. Suggestion is especially useful in hysterical blindness: the patient is told that he will see, at a certain time, the exact minute being specified. Thus, Mr. Walter Jessop succeeded in curing a blind patient by getting the nurse to awake him in the middle of the night and saying to him, “Now you can see!”

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