The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) February 9, 1908, Sunday page 18
ivwvwvvvvvvvvvvvvtvvvvvwvvv Dr. John Duncan Quackenbos Tells How to Cure Moral Disease by Hypnotic Suggestion SOME time ago an extensive article, concerning the treatment of cases of moral obliquity by means of; hypnotic suggestion, by Dr. John j Duncan Quackenbos of New York, was published in the Sunday Eagle. At thai time Dr. Quackenbos illustrated his explanation of this treatment upon several subjects who had been summoned to his office to serve as an object lesson especially for the readers of the Eagle. For the last seven years Dr. Quackenbos has devoted his entire time and practice to the elucidation of hi3 theory of hyp- notic treatment of moral and other diseases, and his exposition of this work has attracted wide attention in the London Society for Psychical Research ana the New York Academy of Medicine, of which organizations he is a member, and also among the practicing physicians and laymen in general. His extended experience in this line of e'ndeavor has been presented by him in an interesting and popular form in a book entitled. "Hypnotic Therapeutics in Theory and Practice." published by Harper & Bros., last week. In this book Dr. Quackenbos gives the results of his personal experience and a plain dscr':o''-.-ii f his theories as to the ; rtictaability ... v-.ercising a strong mind ac a curative . instrumentality in the fields of medicine and psychiatry, and as a regenerative power in that of criminal anthropology. He says: "In this enlightened age. which no longer regards the hypnotic procedure either as the plaything of science, the brand of charlatanism or a mere ignis ,'atuus of addlepaus, but. fully apprehending the power of spirit over all expression through a physical organism, unquest.onably accepts phychoiogical therarx-.ii b s as a legitimate application of the b"ii! ng art. a volume on hypno-phys'i s !'.',! not be introduced with an apology- It has long bcn kn r,, .i n medical s.-i.nce that the functions of the physical body and the motions of the objective mind are under the control of a higher human spiritual principle a con-trol which, when relaxed or unexercised, , may be evoked by what is known as sug- j gestion. along lines that are regulative, and healing in the one case, and in the; other nature-changing, character-building ' and prodigally creative of that incorporeal force which tends io fusion maii'a earth-life on more exaiud principles." Continuing he says: "The. study of praci..nl physics Is a', presi :u engaging the intention of many ' university department and medical congresses. 'I'he Il.imeopii'lile Me. iical Col- ! lege of New York bus c :iblished a ch:tir of psychothernpeut ies; : h . London .Society for Psychical Rcsearili, numbering .intuitg I its members the mn.st d;st:!igu:slied men and women in th. '.eiutry and abroad indorses the enligluear 1 employment o1" suggestion: and in n,;i;iv foreign lands suggestional me:hol. . :ny a m st important part as icg.ii:jia:e cttrativo agencies." One to be a sur,es..ftil leader in this treatment of the m.iid must be thoroughly en rapport with his subjects. "I am firmly of the op.nioti," says Dr. I Quackenbos, "that a t'hnstian philanlhro- pist who sees a n flection of the Image of (5od somewhere in the soul even of the outcast, and who is honestly animated ! with a desire to Illuminate the better self tin shadow I believe sceh a person is to a ; greater or less decree en rapport with 1 every human being. To a rccint i Inquiry as to how it was possible for him to engage witl out injury to his physical and mental heai.h so unremittingly ' in his work as a supestionist a work that implies concentrated intellectual ef-' fort and is daily prosecuted on an average of nine or ten hours the author made the reply: 'Because I get sometiiirg back from jmy patients; othe rwise I should be a ncr-! vous bankrupt.' " Some people have argued that the use ; of hypnotism on nttvuus patunis n..-1' ; hav" the same evil results ns the con: inn- the impartial investigator neither position j safe, nut, whereas there :s no danger in is tenable. To tho candid inquirer hyp-j suggestion itself intelligently admlnis-notic treatment, in the hands of those tcred or in the scientific induction of the f - j-a V i n r A t,V tf ( M - 1 cl of a di--:g. On this he ous use says: "Th.-re . :. er.i! ,!.:,--!; I'i'.vard byjiiMji tfciiie opinions f n I i.i blind faith in its cfflca au.iie. pttitlie mind a un l :.: lis-1 of sc. .h- with uanger t I 't : !;e popular ai M-tuoJs two c ace-one, that, of y as a cure for all i mental ttnd physical ali.nea that of a benight nounces suggestion Nprcjinlice, wli:.1 :s a cozenagi.1. other, h de-To Dr. John Duncnn Ounckentos. who IliToirghly understand its philosophy ; state of suggestibility, undoubted harm ami are j.ossess-al of sufficient principle j may result from the methods of ignorant to use it conscientiously, is unqualifiedly charlatans who, by appeal to low strata of the transliminal life, reduce subjects to a mesmeric condition and play upon their credulity for the amusement of thoughtless spectators." In regard to the practical application of suggestive hypnotism In the cure of physical disorders he says: "It has been shown thai the human personality can be inspired to accomplish in .the car.h-life. anything that is physically possible, and ,'nich lint s possible U undreamed of by tho objective self. Th in-Enitc f.ictilty inhering in the transliminal man may be nmde ius'antaueously available by suggestional appeal, for the relief of bodily suffering, as well as for the ure of mental and moral disease." Among tho bodily diseases that the nu- hor says can be successfully treated by hypnotic suggestion are diabetes, goiter pilepsy, Intestinal disorders, hysterical .nnnia, and, In short, he says: "indeed, there is no rational sufferer who may not be benefitted In some degree by such treatment." But it is in the cure of the mind that his treatment presents the most attractive at least, the most picturesque features. The moral control over the criminally inclined opens a wide field of endeavor, which, if successfully pursued, offers a remarkable innovation as a re- Iforinatory agent. "Kleptomania or irresistible propensity to steal, is a true moral disease." says Dr. Quackenbos. "It may be explained as a form of moral hysterics, the explosions of which are not due to premeditation, but are always sudden and induced by the sight of things that tempt. A thief steals dolibcr.itelj ; a kieptomanic. impulsively. The one has an object; the other has i none. One of my patients, an i otherwise excitable and eccentric boy, 'cved his failing to an extremely nervous ' condition in his mother before his birth, i described by her as 'purgatory.' Another '.nl.eritel the tendency from his father, a phyoician. whose otllce was full of knacks, unes, umbrellas and parlor or-i uainents filched from patients' houses, i According to his mother, this man 'would (steal the pennies off a dead man's eyes.' ' His children by two other wives were all j thieves. A 'bird kleptomaniac was an unwelcome child. The acme of this mania would seem to be reached in the nature of those who steal from themselves when i in a sub-hypnotic state; for at the actual moment of the theft many of these subjects say it is 'just as if they were asleep,' 'dazed' or 'drugged' a self-suggestive condition. Other kleptomaniacs declare that they are haunted by Imperative voices which bid them to commit the act. Though perfectly sane in every other direction, they fail to recognize the gravity o( their complaint, and are rarely remorseful. Thieves desirous of reform, and kleptomaniacs, especially if young or appreciative of the seriousness of their abnormal propensity, are curable by hypnotic suggestion." Of the case3 of moral . diseases which he author says hatfe been happily dealt with he mentions: Vanity and persistent extravagance, envy, jealousy, perversity, uncontrollable temper, cowardice, habitual falsehood, dishonesty, mania for swindling, pawning and gambling, drink and drug habit, cigarette acld.et.on and the disiurbcd mentality of nicotine poisoning, discbedience, viciousness and de generacy in children, profanity, spiritual inability and general moral impotence. In treating of psychic influence in the home Dr. Quacker-bos says: "Familiarity with highly imaginative authors is a potent means of discipline, as it stands for contact with superior excellence, for fellowship with divine ideals. Ability to Indulge the esthetic feeling renders life brighter, happier, higher, while surroundings that are esthetically ugly make men gloomy, unhappy, hard to live with. How true the words of the Flemish poet, 'Nothing beautiful ever dies or lapses without hav.ng purified somc1-thing" Art and poetry are tt be studied by the young, not as a means of mere selfish enjoyment, but for the purpose of eh valine aspirations, ennobling emotions, ani breaking the clutch of passion and sense." Cause for Rejoicing Jibletts I understand that feminine pacemaker next door is going to move, and I'm glad of it. Mrs. Jiblitts Why do you call her a pacemaker? Jibletts Because every time she gets a new gown you have to hav. a bet ter one. Chicago Daily News.