Mental pathology and therapeutics

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New Sydenham Society, 1867 - Mental illness - 530 pages
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"I am happy to be able at last to place in the hands of the profession the long-delayed second edition of this work. It is not entirely a new work, many chapters remain entirely unaltered; many others, however, have undergone correction and remodelling, and, in particular, great additions have been made, which I hope may be considered as adding to the value of the work. Fewest changes have been necessary in the description of the special forms of insanity: melancholia, mania, dementia, & c, have indeed remained the same since 1845. Most alterations and additions occur in the parts relating to etiology, pathological anatomy, the anatomy of the brain, the psychological introduction, the complications of insanity, and treatment. An entirely new section on the general diagnosis of mental disease has been added, and also a section on idiocy and cretinism"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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Page 218 - irritation. Observation shows that the immense majority of mental diseases commence with a state of profound emotional perversion, of a depressing and sorrowful character. Guislain was the first to elucidate this highly interesting fact, and make it at all serviceable. Of its general correctness there
Page 97 - There's no such thing ; It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes.
Page 267 - may assert, we are not warranted in coming to the conclusion that suicide is always a symptom or a result of insanity. There is no insanity present where the feeling of disgust with life is in exact relation to the actual circumstances ; where evident moral causes exist which sufficiently account for the act
Page 460 - As in a considerable number of cases of acute insanity the brain, on anatomical examination, appears perfectly healthy, it must, in the present state of science, be assumed that the symptoms very often depend upon simple nervous irritation of the brain, or upon disorders of nutrition which are as yet unknown. (2.)
Page 311 - makes contortions and frightful grimaces, sometimes singing, and sometimes speaking in verse. The fit lasts from one to two days. When it is over, he cries, " Unloose me. Alas ! I have suffered greatly ; but I have got out of it
Page 92 - had hallucinations. The most extended experience shows rather that such phenomena occur in the lives of very distinguished and highly intellectual men, of the most different dispositions and various casts of mind, but especially in those of warm and powerful imagination.
Page 379 - it occurred in an idiotic child, two years of age : the ventricular walls, the great ganglia, the pons and peduncles were solid and hard ; their tissue was elastic like caoutchouc, the nerve-tubes in the white substance were almost completely destroyed, and an amorphous granular substance occupied their place : there also existed
Page 267 - where the resolution has been deliberately made, and might have been abandoned had the circumstances changed ; and in which we discover no other symptom of mental derangement. When a man of very delicate feelings puts an end to his existence, that he may not survive the loss of his
Page 399 - May, 1857) a young woman, set. 27, who had the intelligence and inclinations of a child of four years : she is about three feet high, the body very fat; the second dentition commenced when she was eighteen, and at twenty-seven was not completed. Menstruation had not yet set
Page 255 - and of which recently, in our own country, ignorance and the grossest superstition have used to the worst ends. In this form, this foreign evil power by which the patient imagines himself to be governed assumes different demoniacal shapes, according to the prevailing superstitions and beliefs of the epoch and country (devils, witches,

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