Hallucinations, a natural phenomenon as old as mankind, have a surprisingly wide range. They appear under the most diversified conditions, in the "normal" psyche as well as in severe chronic mental derangement. As a symptom, hallucinations are a potential part of a variety of pathological conditions in almost all kinds of psychotic behavior. In addition, lately, various psychological and sociological circumstances seem to favor widespread use and abuse of hallucinogens, substances able to produce hallucinations in the ...
Hallucinations, a natural phenomenon as old as mankind, have a surprisingly wide range. They appear under the most diversified conditions, in the "normal" psyche as well as in severe chronic mental derangement. As a symptom, hallucinations are a potential part of a variety of pathological conditions in almost all kinds of psychotic behavior. In addition, lately, various psychological and sociological circumstances seem to favor widespread use and abuse of hallucinogens, substances able to produce hallucinations in the normal brain. They not rarely lead to serious psychopatho logy such as toxic, and mobilized or aggravated endogenous psycho ses. While such development adds to our scientific knowledge, it also contributes to our current social troubles. Neurologists and neuro-surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists and other specialized researchers constantly have been dealing with the phenomenon, its roots and branches, and yet, its primary mechanisms are largely un known. However, investigators of hallucinations now seem to enter common ground on which meaningful discussions and joint approaches become feasible and more promising. We have come a long way from the Latin term "hallucinari," meaning to talk nonsense, to be absent-minded, to the modern con cept of "hallucinations." While the Latin word was descriptive of what may be due to hallucinations, the modern concept defines hal lucinations as subjective experiences that are consequences of men tal processes, sometimes fulfilling a purpose in the individual's mental life."
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. Hardcover in dust jacket., owner stamps to all three edges and front free endpaper, and one other to verso of last endpaper. not a library discard, no pocket or paint. dj has moderate corner/edge wear, slight age-toning to edges of textblock. no writing or text markings, strong binding, a great reading copy.; xxi-479pp., contains 39 articles/essays by various contributors, delivered at meeting. 19 writings from the literature as far back as 1832 are added at back.
xxi, 479p., numerous tables and a few sketch illustrations, first edition tall blue boards in dj. Has a simple library stamp on the top edge, but no other markings, of a local library that engages in massive unaccessioned sales to the public of donated books. Margins of the casebinding are faintly sunned, jacket a little foxed and rubbed and soiled. A rather outspoken group of articles, some 59 either delivered at the symposium or included as supplementary because of their "acute interest and relevance." There are of course investigations of brain-lesion (and lobotomy) hallucinations, dream stuff, stuff about kids, hypnosis, trance, alcohol withdrawal, sensory dep., hypervent., schizophren., creativity and myth, doubtless groundbreaking. but also there is (eek) THE SIXTIES; several authors even avail themselves of hippie coinages and new notions just then being generated by the Folk Mind on Dope. Plenty of LSD lore, and while there is no author index (only subject) we see Albert Hofmann cited p7 on ergotropic stimulation. Second essay revises "the Penfield hypothesis"--the line-up looks interesting ad infinitum. Or finitum. See p465, "polypharmacy, " a term than should have caught on.
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