A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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vii                        THE SCOPE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY                     285
attacks. His father and brother were both alcoholics. He had just left his wife at the time he saw the doctor, who gave him some bromide, and a strong dose of bromide and chloral to carry as an ' iron ration ' to take as soon as he felt an attack coming on. He never had to use it, but he felt that its presence was a great moral help, especially when ' passing pubs \ Two years afterwards he was at work, his nose was, of normal proportions and colour, and he said he had not drunk since, a statement which Neustatter thinks is the truth. The only treatment he had was weekly, then monthly, and then tri-monthly talks with Neustatter, in which he encouraged him, but kept on warning him not to be sanguine, but to expect and be prepared for a recurrence of the desire to drink. Neustatter writes, ' A bad business for the suggestionists ! '
Dr. W. Brown cites a case in which one of his patients, who was suffering from alcoholism and very troublesome to his household, completely lost his craving after one hour of treatment. He tells us that permanent effects can be obtained by one suggestion. Repetition is usually necessary, however.
Drug addicts suffering from morphinism, cocainism, and similar troubles such as excessive smoking, also fall within the province of psychotherapy, for they usually contain some psychological element. Hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive vomiting during pregnancy), fainting fits, dizziness, shivering fits, paraesthesias, have also responded to this kind of treatment. Practitioners of suggestion therapy have always witnessed to its value in the regulation of menstruation. August Forel quoted a very striking case of a girl whose periods set in every fortnight, and lasted for a whole week. Naturally she became extremely anaemic, lost appetite and slept very badly. In the first hypnotic treatment he suggested an