Transposition of the Senses
An extraordinary phenomenon, first reported by Tardy de
Montravel. In his Essai sur la Theorie du Somnambulisme Magnetique
(1785), he described how in his half-waking trance he
could see with the ‘‘pit of his stomach.’’ In 1808, Dr. Pététin reported
in his book, Electricité Animale (1808), that he found the
senses of taste, smell, and hearing also wandering from the pit
of the stomach to the tip of the fingers and of the toes. Since
then many similar cases have been recorded, especially with
hysterical subjects.
Cesare Lombroso carefully observed the phenomenon of
eyeless sight. C. S. was a young girl who lost the power of vision,
but as a compensation she ‘‘saw’’ with the same degree of
acuteness at the point of the nose and the left lobe of the ear.
Her sense of smell was transposed under the chin and later to
the back of the foot. (See also Stomach, Seeing with the)