Waking Hypnosis And Waking Suggestion

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BEFORE we discuss further the deepening techniques in hypnosis, I think it is necessary that you know a phase of hypnosis which is seldom mentioned in the textbooks, and then inadequately described. To do this properly we'll begin with a story about my eldest son.

When Jackie was five years old he developed the habit of waking up after about two hours of sleep. He usually awoke from his sleep screaming. When my wife went to comfort him he said, "I had such a bad dream it frightened me." She would talk to him for a little while and then suggest that he go back to sleep. He refused to go back to sleep for fear he would have the same bad dream. After much coaxing, he would try to fall asleep, but without success for quite a long while.

One night on arriving home I found him awake and crying bitterly. He told me about the bad dreams. I told him, "You don't have to be frightened by bad dreams. There's an awfully good cure for them that my Daddy used for me. My Daddy bought me some dream medicine, and after I took it I didn't have bad dreams any more. It's quite a while since he gave me that dream medicine and I don't know whether they make it any more, but I'll be glad to call up the drug store to find out if they have any." He said, "Oh, Daddy, will you please do that. If they haven't got it maybe they can order some."

I left the bedroom and went into another room where the telephone was. I pretended to phone the drug store. Then I hung up the receiver and went into my son's room and said, "The druggist told me he'd have it delivered right away and all we have to do is wait a few minutes and it will be here."

I excused myself and went into the other room and told my wife to go out into the hall and ring our doorbell, but to do it very quietly so that all Jackie would hear would be the doorbell and not the sound of her going out into the hall. Then I returned to my son. Pretty soon the doorbell rang and I said, "That must be the dream medicine. I'll get it for you."

I made a pretext of answering the doorbell, opening the door quite noisily and thanking the imaginary delivery boy for being so prompt with it. I called out to my son, "The dream medicine is here. I'll bring it to you as soon as I unwrap the package." Then I went into the bathroom and filled an empty medicine bottle with clear water. I stuck a label on the bottle and printed on it "Dream Medicine." Then I took an ordinary glass and filled it with water. I brought the medicine bottle and the glass of water into my son's room and said to him, "This is kind of bitter so you'd better be ready to take this water after I give you a teaspoonful of the medicine." I poured a teaspoonful and gave it to my son, quickly following it with a glass of water. Then I kissed him goodnight and told him he would be asleep in a minute—and he was. He didn't have bad dreams after that, for every night he would ask for his dream medicine before going to bed and then he would sleep all through the night.

He got to the point where he said to me rather proudly that he believed he could take the dream medicine without a chaser. I said to him, "That's wonderful. Let's try it just once to see if you can." And so he took a teaspoonful of clear water from the medicine bottle and said, "I did it, Daddy, and I didn't mind it a bit."

We used dream medicine for all three of our children and here is an interesting fact. I discussed the dream medicine recently with my second son, Bob, who is thirty-three years old. I asked him if he remembered the dream medicine, and he did. Then I asked him if he knew this was a form of hypnosis. He said, "Dad, I've known it was hypnosis for many years, but let me tell you something that I think will amuse you. Ever since you gave me that dream medicine, I've been in the habit of taking a sip of water just before I go to bed and then I sleep soundly all through the night. After I was married, my wife got into the habit of taking a small sip of water before going to bed. That dream medicine must have been powerful because I've been using it successfully as long as I can remember."

The story of the dream medicine illustrates a phenomenon known as waking hypnosis.

Because of the never-ending confusion in the literature of hypnosis about two distinct phenomena—waking suggestion and waking hypnosis—I'm going to attempt to clarify these two completely different states. Waking hypnosis can be one of your most valuable allies in medicine or dentistry. In fact, it is my firm belief that no one can know hypnosis without knowing waking hypnosis.

The true use of waking hypnosis should be this: When you find resistance to the trance state, use waking hypnosis. Where you are trying to save time, use waking hypnosis. You'll get your short-range results just as well. But where time is not of the essence, you will find that in the long run the trance state will serve you better for many purposes than the waking state.

Here's a definition of waking suggestion: A waking suggestion is a suggestion given in the normal state of consciousness which does not precipitate a waking state of hypnosis, For example: Someone in the room yawns. Somebody sees him yawn, and he yawns, too. Another person sees him yawn, and the third person yawns, and pretty soon you have a room full of yawning people. That is waking suggestion. Every one of us has seen this occur. There is no bypass of the critical faculty involved.

Another form of waking suggestion is this: I might say to you, "Doctor, won't you be seated," or, "Come in, Mrs. Jones." Either of those statements is a waking suggestion. There is no waking hypnosis involved because there is no bypass of the critical faculty.

Now let me show you the difference between waking suggestion and waking hypnosis: When hypnotic effects are achieved without the use of the trance state, such hypnotic effects are called waking hypnosis. In every case, it involves a bypass of the critical faculty and the implanting of selective thinking.

Let me show you an example of waking hypnosis at work. Here is a classroom demonstration, performed with a doctor previously unknown to the teacher.

Elman: Doctor, do you like to go to the dentist?

Watch this. I'm going to stroke your jaw three times. You will lose all feeling in the side of the jaw that I stroke .. . One, two, three . . . And now will some man in dentistry come up here, please . . . You're going to find a most amazing thing has taken place .. . Take any of those instruments at all—go inside on the right side of his jaw, and he won't be able to find any feeling there whatsoever ... I think the man here is going to be amazed because I understand he's an anesthetist himself . . . He's got perfect anesthesia—right?

What did he do?

He gouged you hard enough so that ordinarily you would have hit the ceiling, doctor. That's what he went in with . . . Thank you, that's all I need you for now.

How long will this last?

It will last as long as you would need to be in the dental chair. It would last for two hours, three hours, four hours. As long as he had to work on you. And I can assure you it's just as good anesthesia as you would get with xylo-caine or anything else . . .

(Doctor in audience says he was at the dentist today and now has anesthesia on one side of his face. He would like to have anesthesia on the other side.)

Elman: All right, doctor. Please come up here. If you have anesthesia on one side, I'm going to prove to you that hypnotic anesthesia can be even better than chemical anesthesia. Watch this—I want to make a test on both sides. I'm going to stroke his jaw three times and he will lose all feeling on this side of the face. One, two, and now, that jaw will be completely numb when I say—three ... All right, [to another doctor in audience] doctor, come up please ... I want you to work on either side because he has chemical anesthesia on one side,


Doctor: Elman:

Doctor: Elman:

hypnotic anesthesia on the other. See if you can find any difference. See which you like best for your anesthesia. [Doctor makes test.] There's more anesthesia from the hypnotic anesthesia than from the chemical anesthesia .. . Doctor, will you tell them that, please.

Doctor: That's true.

El man: Those of us who know waking hypnosis and how to use it know the power of it—for that anesthesia which he gets is better than a chemical anesthesia. Let me show you waking hypnosis from another standpoint.

Elman: [Now addresses doctor in audience, tells him to stand up in front of his seat.] Will you give us your name and address, please. [Doctor gives his name and address and Elman repeats it.] All right, I'm going to snap my fingers and you'll find that you can't think of your name or address. [Snaps fingers,] Try to say it now and you'll find it's gone. Try hard. [Doctor is unable to say his name and address.] All right, now you can say it. [Doctor now says his name and address.] Now, why did it work? I said to him, "Want this to happen," and he rather liked the idea of it happening. He said to himself, "I wonder if that could happen to me?" Isn't that right, sir?

Doctor: That's right.

Every effect obtainable with the trance state is obtainable in many people with waking hypnosis. In the above demonstration, I got anesthesia, stronger anesthesia than you can get chemically. I also got temporary amnesia in another person. In the trance state, somnambulism is necessary to attain amnesia. I attained amnesia with the gentleman in the above demonstration, and therefore I had somnambulism in the waking state. He was hypnotized.

In the study of waking hypnosis and waking suggestion, all posthypnotic phenomena are excluded because waking hypnosis is not posthypnotic. It may be achieved on patients who have never known the trance state. Again and again, waking hypnosis is used as a lever to enter the deep trance state. Therefore, a knowledge of waking suggestion and waking hypnosis will make you a better operator.

Now let me show you waking hypnosis in group thinking. A whole group of people can be hypnotized in the following experiment. In the presence of a number of people, crack and break open a perfectly fresh egg. Make a wry face and exclaim, "Phew, that egg smells rotten. I wouldn't eat that for a million dollars. Oh boy, is that terrible. Smell that, will you somebody?" Now pass that egg around for the people to smell. Person after person will say, "That egg smells terrible." And some will say, "Why, it even looks bad." These people have been hallucinated into believing that the fresh egg is bad. To all intents and purposes, they have been completely hypnotized. Many will contend that these people have not been hypnotized, for they were not in the trance state at all. Well, let us examine the facts. You have learned that hypnosis is a state of mind in which the critical faculty is bypassed, thus making selective thinking possible. You have been asked to practice obtaining the state on yourself and others in order to increase your ability to urge a suggestion so strongly on your patients that you bypass the critical faculty—that is, the ability to judge selected matters accurately, and replace the patients' judgment in these selected matters with your own. When you achieve that state of mind, you have hypnosis. And now you're learning that you do not need the trance state to achieve actual hypnosis and hypnotic effects.

Consider the case of the egg again. When you made the exclamation, "Phew, that egg smells rotten. I wouldn't eat it for a million dollars," you made a positive statement of apparent fact, which your hearers accepted at face value. Respect for your judgment caused them to believe what you said even before they smelled the egg. Having minimized their ability to judge the egg fairly, you asked them to judge it, and they did so—not with their critical faculties, but with yours. You accomplished hypnosis. You hallucinated two of their senses—that of sight and that of smell. You accomplished hypnosis as effectively as a trance can render it. If subsequently the hallucination were not exposed, your hear ers would remain convinced to the end of their days that the egg was in an advanced state of putrefaction.

Another experiment can be performed easily on a single individual. Suppose you were to see a smart-looking nurse in a trim uniform, and were to say to her, "Miss So-and-so, do you mind turning around once? There's something about that uniform that puzzles me." The nurse would follow your instructions. Then suppose you were to gaze at her critically for a moment, and say, "Hmm, turn around the other way, won't you, please. I was wondering what was wrong. Thank you so much. Good day." At this point you could walk away without saying anything more, and you would have precipitated hypnosis. Despite assurances from other nurses that her uniform was quite in order, the nurse whom you appeared to criticize would be certain that her dress was too long, too short, too small, too big, or that it bulged or didn't bulge in the wrong or right places. And the longer she wore it, the more she would question her own judgment as to the uniform's fitness. When her ability to judge the uniform was sufficiently minimized, she would substitute what she believed to be your considered judgment for her own. Without the aid of the trance state, you would have bypassed her critical faculty, and implanted a hypnotic suggestion so firmly that she would only be satisfied when she changed uniforms.

Let's leave waking hypnosis for a little bit now and go back to waking suggestion. Every man in dentistry will tell you that he has seen patients come into his office suffering the pangs of toothache. As the patient walks in, the pain subsides. He fears the dentist more than he fears the toothache. Soon, he decides the tooth doesn't ache at all. The thought of the dentist drives the pain away.

Here's another example: An accident patient is rushed to the hospital. He seems to be in bad shape. He's a mixture of shock and panic. In the emergency room, he hears the reassuring words, "Not serious. He'll make it. He'll do all right," and that instant he begins to respond. Those magic words "not serious" have probably saved thousands of lives. And those of you who have worked in the emergency rooms of hospitals have seen this happen and wondered why it happened. Waking suggestion did the trick. This phenomenon is not waking hypnosis, but waking suggestion. Conversely, the doctor says to the patient, "This is going to hurt a bit." The patient tenses up and what should have been a minor procedure becomes an almost major one—pain induced by suggestion. Every student in medical or dental school is informed by his professors, "Never take the patients by surprise; keep them apprised of what you are doing at every step." The doctor's way of warning them in an easy way is to say, "This is going to be a bit uncomfortable, this is going to hurt a bit, but I'll try to go easy on you," and he thinks he's going easy on the patient, when as a matter of fact, he is making it about ten times tougher. Instead of saying, "This is going to hurt a bit," say, "Well, now I have some work to do on your arm; I don't think you'll mind this," and immediately the minor procedure is made so easy for the patient that he really doesn't feel it. This is waking suggestion—bordering, perhaps, on waking hypnosis, and used constructively.

Lack of sympathy in psychosomatic ailments is frequently found to be a great cause of patient distress. The fact that his doctor has said, "Well, we can't find a thing the matter with you. It must be in your mind," causes patient after patient to feel that he is headed for insanity. Psychiatrists have confirmed this many times in discussing their problems with me. They have said: "Doctors send patients to us that way. That's the way they introduce the patient to the psychiatrist. And it means we must work about six months longer with the patient because of the improper introduction to psychiatry that the doctor has made."

Sympathetic treatment of psychosomatic aches and pains gives the patient the necessary attitude to aid in his recovery. There isn't one man in psychiatry who will not agree with that statement.

Let's go back to waking hypnosis and show examples in medicine and dentistry. There are few doctors who have not found it advisable at times to administer or order administered the very common sterile hypo. It is useful in a variety of cases. It's a waking hypnotic technique. There are so many other things that medicine could have taken from hypnosis, but didn't take, which would also have been vastly beneficial. For example, there wasn't a doctor in the nineteenth century, I guess, who didn't know this stunt that I'm going to show you now. This is probably the most useful adjunct to the physician or dentist working with a "gagger." I'd like to show you a valuable technique for stopping a person from gagging. This demonstration took place in a class, and the "patient" was a doctor who tended to gag during oral examinations:

Elman : Doctor, come up here and examine this gentleman's throat any way you want to, and try to make him gag after I show him what to do . ,v . [to patient] Hold that pencil tightly with both hands, and you'll find you can't gag so long as you hold that pencil tightly. Watch this ... [to examining doctor] make any examination you want to. You won't be able to make him gag so long as he holds the pencil . . , You use that technique doctor, and I promise that you can have dental work done— you can have medical work done. Just hold on to the pencil—that's all—hold on to the pencil with both hands. And you'll have the nicest result.

The "patient" in this demonstration finally gagged when the uvula was touched; that's the trigger mechanism of nature to make you gag. So nature's trigger mechanism was not suggested away. But I did suggest away the trigger mechanism that in the past made this man's uvula react long before the doctor got to it. Ninety-seven patients out of a hundred who gag, will be benefitted by this technique.

Who is the person who won't be benefitted by this technique? The person who gags because of a traumatic incident in his past. Recently, one of my students, a psychiatrist, said to me, "Mr. Elman, my wife has a rare illness. It's effect is a lack of saliva. For twenty-five years she hasn't had any saliva, and because of it she got pyorrhea—lost all her teeth —she gets cracks in her lips that are so severe they require medical attention." I said to him, "Doctor, she must have secreted some saliva over the years or she couldn't have digested her food. She couldn't have lived without saliva for twenty-five years." He replied, "Well, she secretes very, very little of it."

I pointed out to him that what she did secrete must be pretty good as she was otherwise in good health. Then I mentioned to him the possibility that her difficulty might have an emotional basis. "Oh no," he said. "After all, she's the wife of a psychiatrist. She has had psychiatric nurse's training. So I'm positive it isn't on an emotional basis. But I would like you to help her if you could. She can't wear her dentures. Because she doesn't secrete enough saliva, the dentures burn her mouth and after she wears them for perhaps a day, she has to go three or four days without them." He asked, if despite his doubts, I would try to help her. Ten minutes of hypoanalysis revealed this:

Twenty-five years ago she had an arrested case of TB. Her throat had been affected, but now she had to have her tonsils out. The doctors in charge preferred to have a specialist perform the surgery. They called in a specialist from a distant area. However, she got the strange notion that the specialist's hands were dirty. She was under local anesthetic and awake, and insisted that he rewash his hands. Perhaps this hallucination of uncleanliness was triggered by fear of the operation. At any rate, she then got the notion that if his hands were dirty, his medical instruments must also be dirty. She made him resterilize them, but the operation was to her a horrible one, to say the least, and afterward she was slow in making a recovery. Now every time anything foreign comes into her mouth, there is no saliva. Have you ever noticed that when you're afraid your mouth gets very dry? One of the common symptoms of great fear with many people is lack of saliva. I am of the opinion that she is abreacting to the tonsilectomy of twenty-five years ago and that she has never had anything but an emotional problem, an almost constant panic whenever anything comes near her mouth. Foreign objects such as dentures would, at a level below conscious awareness, remind her of medical instruments coming at her throat. I'm positive we'll achieve gratifying results in this case and she'll be able to wear dentures without discomfort. There was a definite traumatic incident there, and her husband said to me afterwards, "I never, never would have suspected that this situation could arise from an emotional problem."

When you find a person who has had a traumatic incident such as this, the patient, even though he holds the pencil, will not get relief from the gagging. Fortunately, this is rare, and, the pencil catalyst will work beautifully in about ninety-seven cases out of a hundred. It's strictly a hypnotic.

Many cases of impotence have been relieved by doctors who prescribed sugar pills, with the assurance to the patient that "this will make you as potent as a young bull." It is interesting to note that physicians and dentists make use of waking hypnosis almost every day, but are completely unaware of it. One of the intents of this course is to bring to the students' attention the scientific utilization of such techniques.

Now, if there is such a thing as waking hypnosis, if it was possible for me to produce anesthesia in an anesthetist and amnesia in another doctor, there must have been a rational key to the process. The thoughts that went through the anesthetist's mind ran something like this: "I've seen Mr. Elman succeed, and he would be a fool to attempt anything that was likely to fail before an audience of doctors. Wouldn't he be an idiot to say I was anesthetized if I wasn't anesthetized? He must know what he's talking about. I must be anesthetized."

Therefore, he locked his mind around the idea that he was anesthetized, and so he was. It happened as simply as that. Why did another man get complete amnesia for a few seconds? Simply because he liked the idea of it's happening. He said to himself: "Wouldn't it be interesting if that really happened." He had amnesia because his mind said, "I'd enjoy that. I'd like to see what the effect is like." The minute he thought that, his critical faculty was bypassed, substitute judgment was used, and he had amnesia. Following the demonstration described above, the doctor who experienced amnesia confirmed this hypothesis.

There is a specific and reliable way to attain waking hypnosis, (there must be, for I don't miss very often with it and my doctors don't miss very often either). This is the key to the process: The mind of the subject must lock itself around a given idea.

The crying child is certain that if mother kisses her the pain will disappear. The nurse is certain that the judgment of the doctor concerning her uniform is infallible; the people present at the egg experiment are certain that the first person who passed judgment on the egg was correct; the anesthetist was certain that I would be the biggest fool in the world if he wasn't anesthetized so he was sure in his own mind that he was anesthetized. His mind had locked around the idea and therefore he had anesthesia.

To cause the human mind to lock around a given idea, suggestions in the waking state must be given with complete confidence, with absolute assurance. They must leave no room for doubt. If doubt creeps in, the suggestion usually becomes ineffective. Therefore, give the suggestions in a manner which implies that what you have said is as certain of happening as the dawn. Leave no room for doubt. Every one of the people in the experiments described locked his mind around a given idea that had the appearance of a certainty. First, the mind of the subject must lock itself around a given idea.

Second, the suggestion must be one which the patient wants.

Any patient suffering intense pain wants relief. He's apt to quickly take suggestions for the alleviation of his distress. Any patient facing the prospect of pain—the dental patient is an excellent example—is ready for waking hypnosis. The emotionally disturbed patient is usually ready to listen to the practitioner who shows sympathy and understanding. All these people will take suggestions because they want suggestions. Now, how do you convey these suggestions?

Let the patient hear those words which he is anxious to hear.

At this point I am going to describe a remarkable experiment which I perform before doctors, and which would not be as likely to succeed before laymen. Here is the experiment, as recorded in class:

"Every one of you knows that this [holding up pitcher] is merely ice water and nothing else. And every one of you knows that these are cotton swabs [holding them up]. And every one of you knows that ice water does not anesthetize, and that cotton swabs do not anesthetize. And I'll even tell you that the words I'm going to use are fakes. All the words I'm going to use are phony words. But these are surgical instruments, gentlemen, that have sharp ends, and they are just as sharp as any needles that you have ever seen, and they hurt like the devil. So you see, even my semantics are bad—yet, using incorrect semantics, using ice water for my anesthesia agent, using cotton swabs, using words that are fakes, every one of you is going to be anesthetized by what I'm going to do now. Now listen to the words I use and I think you will love this, because this is a true application of waking hypnosis, and you'll see why it works . . . [addresses physician]: Doctor, you know that some of the drug houses have come up with something really new and interesting. You know what they do? They put the anesthesia right into the alcohol now—and when I swab you with this, you'll become completely anesthetized, and now when I go to work on that area, you'll know that I'm working there, but nothing will bother, nothing will disturb. Watch, doctor, [applying surgical clamp]. What did you ffeel then? Anything in the way of discomfort?"

Doctor: Nothing.

El man: I would like you to do that to the next doctor.

You'll find that it will work on him just like it worked on you . . . Most people can't even tolerate that for a second. And if you can get to the place where you can hold it on there and swing it around, and it doesn't bother, and you know you could leave it there a minute and it wouldn't bother, you're getting to the place where you're getting pretty good anesthesia . .. [addressing doctor' who has risen to ask why same experiment might fail before laymen]. Since the day you began practice, how often you have wished—when you swabbed a patient preparatory to giving him an injection or preparatory to working with something that you knew was going to be uncomfortable— how you have wished that you could anesthetize at the same time you swabbed. And when I came up with the words, "They put the anesthesia right into the alcohol," I was really echoing what you have been thinking below the level of conscious awareness since the day you got into practice. These words are particularly welcome to the doctor's ears. He says to himself, "All I've got to do is say that I get anesthesia. Let's try it." And because he gets the anesthesia, he is amazed, but he forgets that he is receptive to the suggestion. If I do this same thing before a group of laymen, I'll tell you what will happen every time (and I've quit doing it before them for this reason). About the second person I do it to will say, "Oh, that's a lot of nonsense. It can't possibly work." And after that, everybody begins to feel it. But you'll never hear that reaction in a group of doctors, because the doctor says,

"Oh, brother, how I'd like to make this work." » * »

While many of my doctor-students have used waking hypnosis beautifully, perhaps one of the greatest exponents of its use is a student of mine in the Midwest. He said to me a few weeks after we had the class session described above, "I wonder how many of your students can say that they have actually done deep abdominal surgery with waking hypnosis. I used the exact technique you taught us and I got such perfect anesthesia that I was able to go ahead and do surgery on a cardiac case where I couldn't have used much anesthesia anyhow, but in this way, I avoided the use of any anesthesia."

Here was the technique he used on the deep abdominal surgical case he described, to me. He asked the patient, "Have you ever been anesthetized before?" When the patient said he had, the doctor continued. "Well, I'm glad to hear it because we have a capsule here which follows the exact nerve pattern of the previous anesthesia. All I have to do is have you swallow this and you'll be completely anesthetized in every area where you were anesthetized before. In about thirty seconds you'll have complete anesthesia wherever you had it before." He had the patient swallow the capsule. Seconds later, he was able to take towel clips and attach them to any part of his body without the patient feeling them. He went ahead and did the surgery. "When I could see that he didn't feel the towel clips," he told me, "I knew he wouldn't feel the incision either, so I just went to work. I had tested with towel clips in tender portions of his anatomy. If he had felt it, I wouldn't have gone ahead with the surgery. Since he didn't feel the towel clips, I went ahead and did the surgery." Subsequently, this doctor reported similar success on four more cases handled this way.

With minor variations, you put waking hypnosis to use in medical or dental practice in the same way. Here's a class scene in which I worked with a woman who had ordinarily dreaded dental work:

Elman: Doctor, swab the inside of her mouth. Give her the same story about how they put the anesthesia—the very same thing that you did before—and you'll get perfect anesthesia in her mouth. [Doctor proceeds: test is made.] Satisfied, doctor? Sure. Well, that's how you can use waking hypnosis in dentistry . . . [addressing patient] And madam, may I ask, did you feel anything at all?

Patient: No. Nothing.

Doctor: Can you drill with that?

Elman: You can drill and everything else with that.

And you'll have just as good anesthesia as you ever had with chemical anesthesia . . . Now, remember, you must lock the mind of the patient around the idea. Don't think you can simply say, "Well, now, you're going to be completely anesthetized," and start doing the work. Because if the patient's mind isn't locked around the idea, you will be unsuccessful. You must lock the mind of the patient around a given idea, and the idea must be one to which the patient is receptive. Every patient wants anesthesia, so they're particularly receptive to the idea. * * »

Now how would you use it in other branches of medicine? One of my former students, who is adept in the use of waking hypnosis, came back to class one night and before a group of other doctors, told this story:

A manufacturer of a nationally known product for the alleviation of pain had an accident. He got his hand caught in a lawn mower and the laceration required quite a few stitches. It was a very painful accident. The doctor told the manufacturer he had just received a wonderful preparation from Vienna that would anesthetize his entire hand, so that he wouldn't even feel the sutures being made. He then proceeded to cleanse and swab the area with a placebo and asked the manufacturer to tell him when the hand was completely numb. In a few seconds, the manufacturer said, "My hand is completely without feeling now, doctor." Then the doctor proceeded to do the suturing, and when he was finished he said, "That anesthesia will stay with you until your hand begins to heal. You won't have any discomfort."

The patient was amazed. "I didn't feel a thing," he said. "The pain is gone completely and I wouldn't even know that I had a damaged hand unless I looked at it. What's the name of that product you're using? I'd like to analyze it and put it out for use in this country. Give me a small sample of it to take to the lab for chemical analysis."

The doctor did a little fast thinking and answered, "I can't give you any. I just used it all up on you."

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