Pain Compared to Cold

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

Vibrant Gal and I were driving to the farmers’ market.

“Watch out for deer,” I said. “It’s the kind of day when they’re out and about.”

We hadn’t seen any deer for several months, and I wondered why I said what I did.

“It’s the kind of day? What kind of day?” I thought. “Why did I say that?”

Two deer crossed the road in front of us.

This synchronicity (using the word coined by Carl Jung in the 1950s) inspired me to get back to my woo-woo roots.


According to John Elliotson (The Zoist, Apr. 1848) …

“The discovery, by Dr. [James] Esdaile [1808-1859], that insensibility to pain from mechanical causes does not necessarily imply insensibility to cold, is one which presented itself to my notice in 1841, in regard to both heat and cold. In mesmerizing Miss Rosina Barber, cured by me of severe epilepsy, and well up to the present moment, and now married, I found that, though in her mesmeric sleep-waking she was insusceptible to pain from mechanical causes up to her collar bones, — a limitation of anæsthesia that has occurred in other of my patients, she was every where susceptible of feeling temperature.

“‘Though she never gave the least sign of sensation, however mechanically injured within the limits mentioned, she had an exquisite sense of temperature throughout her frame, but not more in the face than in her arms and hands. Not merely did cold or hot substances, when applied to her hands for example, give an immediate sensation; but even when held at a small distance, so that nothing could be ascribed to contact. Her sensibility to cold was indeed extreme: if the weather was cool, she would shudder as soon as she was asleep, and require a shawl, though previously she had not complained of cold: and contact of anything cold made her shudder distressingly. And this I have noticed in other cases, in which the loss of common feeling (anæsthesia) existed. The same peculiarity may exist in ordinary palsy, but it is not noticed, because not examined into: — a part is pinched and does not feel, and therefore is presumed to have no kind of feeling.'”


'Pain Compared to Cold' has no comments

Be the first to comment this post!

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.

©Copyright One Radio Network 2019 • All rights reserved. | Site built by RedLotus Austin
The information on this website and talk shows is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors, producers of One Radio Network, Patrick Timpone, their guests or web masters take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained on this website in written or audio form, live or podcasts. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider and take total responsibility for his or her actions at all times. Patrick Joseph of the family of Timpone, a man...All rights reserved, without recourse.