Absence Of Imagination #3
We are Legion …
“I am he as you are he as you are me / And we are all together.”
Multiple Personality Disorder is an Order, not a Disorder.
Single Personality Disorder IS a Disorder.
Dissociative Identity Disorder is an Order, not a Disorder.
Associative Identify Disorder IS a Disorder.
One personality/identity has full-blown diabetes, requiring insulin, while another personality/identity is disease-free.
One personality/identity has heart disease, requiring medication, while another personality/identity has the heart of a Bolivian Tsimané.
George Sandby (Mesmerism and Its Opponents, Second Edition, 1844, 1848) wrote …
“Where was imagination here? The poor ignorant mother and daughter, in their humble cottage, had never heard of Mesmerism ….. It was in consequence of a sudden thought that I commenced the manipulations; and while I was proceeding with them, they did not even know what I was doing, or, in fact, that I was doing any thing; and in less than four minutes there was a decided effect.
“I continued the passes for about an hour. She now and then started, and cried out from a sudden pain, but she did not awake; the face had gradually become tranquil; the whole frame seemed comfortable, and I left her asleep. In about a quarter of an hour after my departure she awoke; and though the pain soon became again extremely severe and the fever high, yet there was a decided mitigation of suffering as compared to what it had been; she no longer screamed out from the agony; her night was better, and she had a little sleep.
“The next day I put her into a deep sleep in five minutes: in less than a week, by the surgeon’s own admission, she went to sleep in two minutes and a half; for he occasionally attended with me to watch the process (of which he had hitherto seen and known nothing); the severity of the pains also greatly abated, and she began to enjoy a refreshing night’s rest. In fact, from the time of the first mesmeric visit, there commenced a gradual, though slow, amelioration; after each séance she was the stronger and better, and the idea of amputation was abandoned; but inasmuch as medical treatment was going on contemporaneously, I must not attribute the whole benefit to the magnetic power. But this fact is undeniable, that as I was often called from home at that period, at each interval of my absence the poor girl relapsed, and gave me great additional labour on my return. However, be the present far happier state of the patient owing to what it may, my medical friend most candidly admits that a great amount of suffering has been spared to her by this sleep, — that Mesmerism was so far an auxiliary to him, and that probably the improvement in her health has been greatly accelerated by its means. This is taking very low and inadequate ground; but even with this admission, what a blessing has Mesmerism proved to the unhappy sufferer!
“Though her general health has since very greatly advanced, and she is able to walk about on crutches, it is doubtful if she will ever recover the complete use of the limb, for it is feared that anchylosis, or union of the upper and lower surfaces of the bones forming the knee-joint may have supervened.
“One point in the treatment is deserving of notice.”
(To Be Continued)