On the pathology and treatment of hysteria

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J. Churchill, 1853 - 161 pages
 

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Page 24 - A lady, who was watching her little child at play, saw a heavy window-sash fall upon its hand, cutting off three of the fingers ; and she was so much overcome by fright and distress, as to be unable to render it any assistance. A surgeon was speedily obtained, who, having dressed the wounds, turned himself to the mother, whom he found seated, moaning, and complaining...
Page 69 - I have . . . seen young unmarried women, of the middle class of society, reduced by the constant use of the speculum to the mental and moral condition of prostitutes; seeking to give themselves the same indulgence by the practice of solitary vice...
Page 13 - The glands liable to emotional congestion are those which, by forming their products in larger quantity, subserve to the gratification of the excited feeling. Thus, blood is directed to the mammae by the maternal emotions, to the testes by the sexual, and to the salivary glands by the influence of appetizing odors...
Page 22 - ... of people, but whose natural manifestations are constantly repressed in compliance with the usages of society, will be the one whose morbid effects are most frequently witnessed. This anticipation is abundantly borne out by facts; the sexual passion in women being that which most accurately fulfils the prescribed conditions, and whose injurious influence upon the organism is most common and familiar. Next after it in power, may be placed those emotions...
Page 33 - ... considerably greater in the woman than in the man, partly from that natural conformation which causes the former to feel, under circumstances where the latter thinks ; and partly because the woman is more often under the necessity of endeavouring to conceal her feelings. But when sexual desire is taken into the account...
Page 33 - ... from that natural conformation which causes the former to feel, under circumstances where the latter thinks ; and partly because the woman is more often under the necessity of endeavouring to conceal her feelings. But when sexual desire is taken into the account, it will add immensely to the forces bearing...
Page 24 - ... fingers, and she was so much overcome by fright and distress, as to be unable to render it any assistance. A surgeon was speedily obtained, who, having dressed the wounds, turned himself to the mother, whom he found seated, moaning, and complaining of pain in her hand. On examination, three fingers, corresponding to those injured in the child, were discovered to be swollen and inflamed, although they had ailed nothing prior to the accident.
Page 24 - A surgeon was speedily obtained, who, having dressed the wounds, turned himself to the mother, whom he found seated, moaning and complaining of pain in her hand. On examination, three fingers corresponding to those injured in the child, were discovered to be swollen and inflamed, although they had ailed nothing prior to the accident. In four and twenty hours incisions were made into them and pus was evacuated ; sloughs were afterwards discharged, and the wounds ultimately healed.
Page 69 - I have, more than once, seen young unmarried women, of the middleclasses of society, reduced, by the constant use of the speculum, to the mental and moral condition of prostitutes; seeking to give themselves the same indulgence by the practice of solitary...
Page 64 - Then, in the words of Dr. Carter, "pleasure is morbidly associated with many ideas •which ordinarily excite pain. The girl, though originally amiable and disinterested, derives a strange satisfaction from the sight of the anxiety, and even the distress of her friends ; and thus proverbially enjoys the idea of deceiving them.

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