Remarks on the Influence of Mental Cultivation and Mental Excitement Upon Health

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Marsh, Capen & Lyon, 1833 - Mental health - 130 pages
Influential early works discussing psychological effects of excessive intellectual & religious stimulation.

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Page 66 - The mind ought never to be cultivated at the expense of the body ; and physical education ought to precede that of the intellect, and then proceed simultaneously with it, without cultivating one faculty to the neglect of others ; for health is the base, and instruction the ornament of education.
Page 101 - ... motive to industry, together with a care to husband his earnings, and to avoid unnecessary expense. The poor man who has gained a taste for good books, will in all likelihood become thoughtful ; and when you have given the poor a habit of thinking, you have conferred on them a much greater favour than by the gift of a large sum of money, since you have put them in possession of the principle of all legitimate prosperity.
Page 63 - I foresaw, with grief, the fate that awaited them. They commenced their career as prodigies, and finished by becoming idiots, or persons of very weak minds. The age of infancy is consecrated by nature to those exercises which fortify and strengthen the body, and not to study, which enfeebles it, and prevents its proper increase and development.
Page 66 - ... and who do not learn to read and write until the constitution begins to be consolidated, but who enjoy the benefit of a good physical education, very soon surpass, in their studies, those who commence earlier and read numerous books when very young.
Page 118 - Should the body sue the mind before a court of judicature for damages, it would be found that the mind would prove to have been a ruinous tenant to its landlord.
Page 30 - I distinctly saw the pulsation of the brain was regular and slow ; but at this time he was agitated by some opposition to his wishes, and directly the blood was sent with increased force to the brain, the pulsation became frequent and violent ; if, therefore...
Page 81 - ... should either become excessive by too strong excitement, or suppressed by misdirected education. If here was the proper place, it would be easy to show that efforts to make females excel in certain qualities of mind which in men are considered most desirable, — to make them as capable as men...
Page 100 - Yet this personage came out of this wild kind of discipline, graced with the rarest combination of qualifications for enjoying existence, achieving fame, and blessing society. Deeply learned, though neither the languages, nor the philosophy of the schools, made part of his...
Page iii - The purpose of education is to give to the body and to the soul all the beauty and all the perfection of which they are capable.
Page 112 - How often do physicians fail to afford any relief by medicines, in what are called ' stomach affections,' but which are readily cured by travelling, or relaxation in accustomed studies, and freedom from care and anxiety ! How often a change of the mental excitement affords relief. It seems as if certain portions of the brain having been unduly excited, became diseased, and were benefited by strong excitement of other portions of the same organ. How often are stomach affections cured by inert medicines,...

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