Insanity Tested by Science; And Shown to Be a Disease Rarely Connected with Permanent Organic Lesion of the Brain, and on That Account Far More Susceptible of Cure Than Has Hitherto Been Supposed

Insanity Tested by Science; And Shown to Be a Disease Rarely Connected with Permanent Organic Lesion of the Brain, and on That Account Far More Susceptible of Cure Than Has Hitherto Been Supposed

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...substance. Hence, the faculty of thinking is increased or diminished according to the amount of healthy nervous matter in which it resides. And the energy of thought is increased by intermission, and diminished by long exercise. This energy is, in a healthy state of mind, closely connected with the quantity and quality of arterial blood circulating in the brain. It is the opinion of Liebigf and Liebig and Fletcher, that there is not a single thought occurs fpfiofthe without a change of matter in the substance of the connexion of organ of thought. This change of matter must then Zd!"' be, whether perfectly or imperfectly, carried on through the medium of the blood. Hence, the process of thought must depend, not only upon the structure of the organ of thought, but also upon the quantity and quality of blood circulating within the organ of thought. And the energy of thought must depend, not only upon the Rudiments of Physiology, part iii, p. 87. t Animal Chemistry, part i. % Op. citat. quantity and quality of the renovating particles conveyed in the blood to the organ of thought, but also on the susceptibility of those particles to be changed or replaced. Thus/we must inevitably have morbid thoughts as the consequence of morbid blood, and the way to remove the one is reasonably by attempting to remove the other. We think the true explanation is in the altered relative quantities of the constituents of the blood, by which morbid changes take place. Effects of Of these morbid changes none are so common or so the blood. deplorable as those produced by alcohohj The large number of individuals who annually swell the ranks of the insane in this country from the abuse of ardent spirits and fermented liquors of every kind is almost incredible. We believe...show more

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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236656733
  • 9781236656735