The Medical and legal relations of madness

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J. Churchill, 1858 - 283 pages
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Page 269 - ON ARAGO'S MAGNETIC PHENOMENA Read November 24, 1831 1. THE power which electricity of tension possesses of causing an opposite electrical state in its vicinity has been expressed by the general term Induction ; which, as it has been received into scientific language, may also, with propriety, be used in the same general sense to express the power which electrical currents may possess of inducing any particular state upon matter in their immediate neighborhood, otherwise indifferent. It is with this...
Page 21 - I think evident, that we find in ourselves a power to begin or forbear, continue or end, several actions of our minds and motions of our bodies, barely by a thought or preference of the mind ordering, or, as it were, commanding the doing or not doing such or such a particular action.
Page 103 - But however calm and rational the patient may appear to be, during the lucid intervals, as they are called, and while enjoying the quietude of domestic society, or the limited range of a well-regulated asylum, it must never be supposed, that he is in as perfect possession of his senses, as if he had never been ill.
Page 260 - All these phantasms appeared to me in their natural size, and as distinct as if alive, exhibiting different shades of carnation in the uncovered parts, as well as...
Page 147 - The whole day was passed by this unhappy mother in a constant struggle between the desire of taking away the life of her infant and the dread of yielding to the impulse. She concealed her agitation until evening, when her confessor, a respectable old man, was the first to receive her confidence. He soothed her feelings, and counselled her to have medical assistance. ' When we arrived at her house,' says Michu, ' she appeared gloomy and depressed, and ashamed of her situation.
Page 259 - After the first day the form of the deceased person no more appear.ed, but its place was supplied with many other phantasms, .sometimes representing acquaintances, but mostly strangers ; those whom 1 knew were composed of living and deceased persons, but the number of the latter was comparatively small.
Page 270 - Ampere's beautiful theory were adopted, or any other, or whatever reservation were mentally made, still it appeared very extraordinary, that, as every electric current was accompanied by a corresponding intensity of magnetic action at right angles to the current, good conductors of electricity, when placed within the sphere of this action, should not have any current induced through them, or some sensible effect produced equivalent in force to such a current.
Page 27 - ... come by those ideas we have of yellow, white, heat, cold, soft, hard, bitter, sweet, and all those which we call sensible qualities ; which when I say the senses convey into the mind, I mean, they from external objects convey into the mind what produces there those perceptions. This great source of most of the ideas we have, depending wholly upon our senses, and derived by them to the understanding, I call, SENSATION.
Page 21 - This power which the mind has thus to order the consideration of any idea, or the forbearing to consider it ; or to prefer the motion of any part of the body to its rest, and vice versa, in any particular instance, is that which we call the will.
Page 186 - Light, Heat, Electricity, Magnetism, Motion, and Chemicalaffinity, are all convertible material affections ; assuming either as the cause, one of the others will be the effect : thus heat may be said to produce electricity, electricity to produce heat; magnetism to produce electricity, electricity magnetism ; and so of the rest.

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