Doctor S to subject

I would like to call to your attention a phenomenon that is known in the medical literature as "glove anesthesia." That means a complete numbness of a glovelike nature in which there is a total anesthesia surrounding your hand; if it happens to your foot, it is called "boot anesthesia" or "shoe anesthesia." I would like you to imagine that we are injecting a very powerful local anesthetic from which you can get all the benefits but none of the discomforts. You can feel the distentions and the pushing of tissue and a tingling feeling or a glovelike feeling, or a dead, numb, wooden feeling—some kind of a feeling that is comparable to the sensations of a chemical anesthetic. As soon as you become aware of a difference between your right and your left hands, acknowledge that by raising this finger here—the index finger of your left hand. Fine. Now pay attention. I am going to count to five. With each count, it gets deeper and more profound, so that at the count of five, it is completely numb and anesthetic. When we test it, you may feel pressures but no discomfort. One—numb; two—numb, getting more numb, and pay attention and enjoy that feeling of heaviness and numbness; three—numb and still getting more numb; four—and at the next count, completely numb; five—as numb as it needs to be.

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