Constitution of Man Considered in Relation to External Objects

Constitution of Man Considered in Relation to External Objects

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... as something ominous, till at lust it was realized. The organ oiDestructiveness was large in the head, and so active that he was an enthusiast in poaching, and prone to outrage and violence in his habitual conduct. This activity of the organ might take place during sleep, and then it would inspire his mind with destructive feelings, and the dream of murder would be the consequence. From the great natural strength of the propensity, he probably may have felt, when awake, an inward tendency to this crime; and, joining this and the dream together, we can easily account (or the strong impression left by the latter on the mind.' One method in which death may appear to be foretold is, by the accessiou of frightful visions immediately before the fatal illnesses. This, however, goes for nothing ih the way of argument, for it was the state of the system shortly before the attack of disease which induced such dreams. According to Silamachus, the epidemic fever which prevailed at Rome was ushered in by attacks of nightmare; and Sylvius Deleboe, who describes the epidemic which raged at Loyden in 1669, states, that previous to each paroxysm of the fever, the patient fell asleep, and suffered a severe attack of nightmare. The vulgar belief, therefore, that unpleasant dreams arc ominous of death, is not destitute of foundation; but the cause why they shouM he so is perfectly natural. It is the incipitent disease which produces the dreams, and the fatal event which often follows, is a natural consequence of that disease. It is undoubtedly owing to the faculty possessed by sleep, of renewing long-forgot ten ideas, that persons have had importaut facts communicated to them in dreams. There have been instances, for example, where valuable documents, sums...show more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 962g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747259
  • 9781236747259