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. 1830 Excerpt: ... the hospital for mad people, in which elegant and completely rigged ships, and curious pieces of machinery have not been exhibited, by ...Read MoreThis 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. 1830 Excerpt: ... the hospital for mad people, in which elegant and completely rigged ships, and curious pieces of machinery have not been exhibited, by persons who never discovered the least turn for a mechanical art previously to their derangement. Sometimes we observe in mad people an unexpected resuscitation of knowledge j hence we hear them describe past events, and speak in ancient or modern languages, or repeat long and interesting passages from books, none of which, we are sure, they were capable of recollecting, in the natural and healthy state of their minds. The disease which thus evolves these new and wonderful talents and operations of the mind, may be compared to an earthquake, which, by convulsing the upper strata of our globe, throws upon its surface precious and splendid fossils, the existence of which was unknown to the proprietors of the soil in which they were buried. Sometimes the cause which induced derangemtnt is forgotten, and the subjects of the ravings, as well as the conduct of patients, are contrary to their usual habits; but they both more frequently accord with their natural tempers and dispositions, and with the cause of their disease. I have seen one instance of this state of madness in our hospital from the cause I have mentioned. It is from such cases of madness, that it has been said to be attended with pleasure Horace's madman complained of his physician, for restoring him to his former humble grade of life by curing him, and Dr. Thomas Willis mentions an instance of a man, who was so happy in his paroxysms of madness, that when he was well he longed with impatience for their return; but such instances of happiness in madness are very rare. It is more frequently, I shall say hereafter, accompanied with misery or a total insensibility to i...Read Less
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