Remembrances of a Monthly Nurse. [2 Other Copies, Retaining the Publisher's Boards]

Remembrances of a Monthly Nurse. [2 Other Copies, Retaining the Publisher's Boards]

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... some unseen workman--the pipes, and tubes, and springs, made by this other artificer, be he whom he may. Now, then, will you tell me what is life?" " I cannot explain that to you. We--that is, the phrenologists--say that it is the effect of electricity, which is the immediate cause of animal and vegetable life." " And do you say, too, that life and mind are synonymous?" inquired the major, beginning to weary of the subject and of his puny antagonist: " can you make your galvanised dead subject think and reason as well as have convulsive motion? You have, then, all your organization ready made to your hands when you have a human subject. You have learned the way to act upon it by your voltaic battery. What is the reason why you cannot make your cold pale corpse rise up and thank you for your pains, then bow and go about the common usages of life, just as before. But you are all vain and bungling workmen at the best. A few contractions of the muscles--perchance a working of the eyeballs, or the sudden opening and shutting of the lids--a few twitchings and contortions, horrible to look at, and all is over: the refractory and insulted dead body refuses any longer to obey your short-lived power over it." "Bless me, Margaret!" cried Lady Stella, yawning, and looking out of the window, "where can Frampton stay so long? He promised to gallop over to R, order those books for us, and be back again by two o'clock. What can keep him so long?" " He will be home for dinner, I dare say," argued the other lady, pettishly. " It is very well for him, I think, that he can get out and scamper away from such horrid conversation as this. Major Lenox, you are enough to frighten one out of one's wits, with your ' twitchings, ' and ' opening and shutting' of dead men's...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665868X
  • 9781236658685