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. 1877 Excerpt: ...in seclusion till the time of their trial is over. I do not believe that women ever take to drink from the mere love of it, or from ...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. 1877 Excerpt: ...in seclusion till the time of their trial is over. I do not believe that women ever take to drink from the mere love of it, or from convivial indulgence, as men do. When the inner secrets of the mind of a climacteric patient, suffering from such depression as is likely to produce intemperance, can be reached, some delusion will generally be discovered which will guide us in the treatment. I cannot here enter into this subject without trenching on the province of the alienist, but I could give many illustrations of it. I have found women believing themselves pregnant by men not their husbands; but one of the most terrible was a case in which the poor woman believed that she was pregnant by a dog. We removed her from all home associations, without putting her under restraint, carefully regulated her mental occupation, and in about twelve months the delusion left her, and she gave up her intemperate habits completely. The most essential treatment in all these cases is removal from all the former associations of the patient. After the cessation of menstruation, and sometimes as an indication of the approaching change, many women become very stout; and as this is first brought under their notice by a change in their figure, they are often very unnecessarily alarmed by it. If menstruation has ceased, they often believe that they are pregnant; or, now that tumours are spoken of so much by the public, this dreadful vision, or that of dropsy, is suggested at once, and they appeal for surgical assistance. It is often very difficult to convince them that there is nothing but ordinary fat, and in such a case the best way is to advise a consultation of two or three practitioners, and an examination under an anaesthetic. The moral force of this proceeding is generally su...Read Less
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