Illustrations of the Influence of the Mind Upon the Body in Health and Disease; Designed to Elucidate the Action of the Imagination

Illustrations of the Influence of the Mind Upon the Body in Health and Disease; Designed to Elucidate the Action of the Imagination

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...by rheumatic pains" (Ixxi, p. 481). Dr. Jones adds, that in the opinion of three eminent medical men, there existed no organic disease, and remarks that the paralysis is fairly attributable to the exhaustion of nerve power, the chief cause being great anxiety. Marshall Hall records in his 'Practical Observations in Medicine/ that two cases of hemiplegia under his care at the time of writing, were induced by parental anxiety. In the 'Medical Times and Gazette/ May 23, 1868, there is a short report of a striking case of paralysis induced by Fear. It occurred at the Limerick Sessions, where two men were charged with having assaulted a relation. "The prosecutor (Roche) summoned his own father as a witness. The mother of the prisoners, exasperated at the prospect of her sons being sent to prison on the evidence of her own relative, gave expression to her feelings in a malediction, praying that when the old man left the witness-box, he might be paralysed; and paralysed he was accordingly, and had to be taken to the hospital. Such miraculous illness not yielding readily to ordinary modes of treatment, the old lady has been requested to remove her curse by spitting on the patient; but this she sternly refuses to do, and the man remains in the hospital." Of the prognosis of emotional hemiplegia Dr. Todd remarks that although it promises ultimate recovery, it is often very slow. Paraplegia.--Dr. Brierre de Boismont adds to a case illustrative of mental action upon the liver and stomach, one which similarly illustrates the effect produced upon the motor system: --"A little peasant girl, Lucia Marini, eight years old, was separated for some time from her mother, a patient in the hospital. She had often begged to be taken to see her mother, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612825
  • 9781236612823