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A Few Of Coue's Cures
The Clinic Of Emile Coue

A Few Of Coue's Cures

To give the reader a better idea of the results which Induced
Autosuggestion is yielding, I shall here describe a few further cases
of which I was myself in some part a witness, and thereafter let some
of Coue's patients speak for themselves through the medium of their

At one of the morning consultations which I subsequently attended was a
woman who had suffered for five years with dyspepsia. The trouble had
recently become so acute that even the milk diet to which she was now
reduced caused her extreme discomfort. Consequently she had become
extremely thin and anaemic, was listless, easily tired, and suffered
from depression. Early in the proceedings the accounts given by
several patients of the relief they had obtained seemed to appeal to
her imagination. She followed Coue's remarks with keen interest,
answered his questions vivaciously, and laughed very heartily at the
amusing incidents with which the proceedings were interspersed. About
five o'clock on the same afternoon I happened to be sitting with Coue
when this woman asked to see him. Beaming with satisfaction, she was
shown into the room. She reported that on leaving the clinic she had
gone to a restaurant in the town and ordered a table d'hote luncheon.
Conscientiously she had partaken of every course from the hors
d'oeuvres to the cafe noir. The meal had been concluded at 1.30, and
she had so far experienced no trace of discomfort. A few days later
this woman returned to the clinic to report that the dyspepsia had
shown no signs of reappearing; that her health and spirits were
improving, and that she looked upon herself as cured.

On another occasion one of the patients complained of asthma. The
paroxysms destroyed his sleep at night and prevented him from
performing any task which entailed exertion. Walking upstairs was a
slow process attended by considerable distress. The experiment with
the hands was so successfully performed that Coue assured him of
immediate relief.

"Before you go," he said, "you will run up and down those stairs
without suffering any inconvenience."

At the close of the consultation, under the influence of the suggestion
"I can," the patient did this without difficulty. That night the
trouble recurred in a mild form, but he continued to attend the clinic
and to practise the exercises at home, and within a fortnight the
asthma had finally left him.

Among other patients with whom I conversed was a young man suffering
from curvature of the spine. He had been attending the clinic for four
months and practising the method at home. His doctor assured him that
the spine was gradually resuming its normal position. A girl of
twenty-two had suffered from childhood with epileptic fits, recurring
at intervals of a few weeks. Since her first visit to the clinic six
months previously the fits had ceased.

But the soundest testimony to the power of Induced Autosuggestion is
that borne by the patients themselves. Here are a few extracts from
letters received by Coue:

"At the age of sixty-three, attacked for more than thirty years by
asthma and all the complications attendant upon it, I spent
three-quarters of the night sitting on my bed inhaling the smoke of
anti-asthma powders. Afflicted with almost daily attacks, especially
during the cold and damp seasons, I was unable to walk--I could not
even go down hill.

Nowadays I have splendid nights, and have put the powders in a drawer.
Without the slightest hesitation I can go upstairs to the first floor."

D. (Mont de Marsan.)
15 December, 1921.

"Yesterday I felt really better, that is to say, of my fever, so I
decided to go back to my doctor, whom I had not seen since the summer.
The examination showed a normal appendix. On the other hand, the
bladder is still painful, but is better. At any rate, there is at
present no question of the operation which had worried me so much. I
am convinced that I shall cure myself completely."

M. D. (Mulhouse.)
24 September, 1921.

"I have very good news to give you of your dipsomaniac--she is cured,
and asserts it herself to all who will listen. She told me yesterday
that for fourteen years she had not been so long without drink as she
has been lately, and what surprises her so much is that she has not had
to struggle against a desire; she has simply not felt the need of
drink. Further, her sleep continues to be splendid. She is getting
more and more calm, in spite of the fact that on several occasions her
sang-froid has been severely tested. To put the matter in a nutshell,
she is a changed woman. But what impresses me most is the fact that
when she took to your method she thought herself at the end of her
tether, and in the event of its doing her no good had decided to kill
herself (she had already attempted it once)."

P. (a Paris doctor.)
1 February, 1922.

"For eight years I suffered with prolapse of the uterus. I have used
your method of Autosuggestion for the last five months, and am now
completely cured, for which I do not know how to thank you enough."

S. (Toul).[1]

"I have a son who came back from Germany very anaemic and suffering
from terrible depression. He went to see you for a short time, and now
is as well as possible. Please accept my best thanks. I have also a
little cousin whom you have cured. He had a nervous illness, and had
become, so to speak, unconscious of what was going on around him. He
is now completely cured."

S. E. (Circourt, Vosges.)
19 October, 1921.

"My wife and I have waited nearly a year to thank you for the
marvellous cure which your method has accomplished. The very violent
attacks of asthma from which my wife suffered have completely
disappeared since the visit you paid us last spring. The first few
weeks my wife experienced temporary oppression and even the beginnings
of an attack, which, however, she was able to ward off within a few
minutes by practising Autosuggestion.

In spite of her great desire to thank you sooner my wife wished to add
more weight to her testimony by waiting for nearly a year. But the bad
time for asthma has not brought the slightest hint of the terrible
attacks from which you saved her."

J. H. (Saarbruck.)
23 December, 1921.

"All the morbid symptoms from which I used to suffer have disappeared.
I used to feel as though I had a band of iron across my brain which
seemed to be red-hot; added to this I had heartburn and bad nights with
fearful dreams; further, I was subject to severe nervous attacks which
went on for months. I felt as though pegs were being driven into the
sides of my head and nape of my neck, and when I felt I could not
endure these agonies any longer a feeling would come as if my brain
were being smothered in a blanket. All these pains came and went. I
had sometimes one, sometimes others. There were occasions when I
wanted to die--my sufferings were so acute, and I had to struggle
against the idea with great firmness.

At last, having spent five weeks at Nancy attending your kindly
sittings, I have profited so well as to be able to return home in a
state of normal health."

N. (Pithiviviers le Vieil.)
16 August, 1921.

"After having undergone four operations on the left leg for local
tuberculosis I fell a victim once more to the same trouble on 1
September, 1920. Several doctors whom I consulted declared a new
operation necessary. My leg was to be opened from the knee to the
ankle, and if the operation failed nothing remained but an amputation.

Having heard of your cures, I came to see you for the first time on 6
November, 1920. After the sitting I felt at once a little better. I
followed your instructions exactly, visiting you three times. At the
third time I was able to tell you that I was completely cured."

L. (Herny, Lorraine.)

"I am happy to tell you that a bunion that I had on my foot, which grew
to a considerable size and gave me the most acute pain for over fifteen
years, has gone."

L. G. (Cauderan, Gironde.)

"I cannot leave France without letting you know how grateful I feel for
the immense service you have rendered me and mine. I only wish I had
met you years ago. Practically throughout my career my curse has been
a lack of continuous self-control.

I have been accused of being almost brilliant at times, only to be
followed by periodic relapses into a condition of semi-imbecility and

I have done my best to ruin a magnificent constitution, and have wasted
the abilities bestowed upon me. In a few short days you have made
me--and I feel permanently--master of myself. How can I thank you

The rapidity of my complete cure may have been due to what at the time
I regarded as an unfortunate accident. Slipping on the snow-covered
steps of the train when alighting, I sprained my right knee badly. At
the breakfast table, before paying you my first visit, a fellow-guest
said to me: 'Tell Monsieur Coue about it. He will put it all right.'

I laughed and said 'Umph!' to myself, and more for the fun of the thing
than anything else did tell you. I remember you remarking 'That's
nothing,' and passing on to the more serious part of our conversation,
preliminary to commencing your lecture to the assembled patients.

I became more than interested, and when at the conclusion you suddenly
turned round and asked me: 'How's your knee?' (not having alluded to
knees in particular), and I discovered there wasn't a knee, I laughed
again, as did those who saw me hobble into your room; but I laughed
this time from a sense of bewildered surprise and dawning belief. This
belief you very soon firmly implanted in me."

G. H. (London.)
11 January, 1922.

[1] This letter, together with the two quoted on page 34, is reprinted
from the Bulletin de la Societe Lorraine de Psychologie Appliquee of
April, 1921. They were received by Coue during the preceding three
months. The other letters were communicated to me privately by Coue
and bear their original dates.

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