On the Functions of the Brain and of Each of Its Parts: On the organ of the moral qualities and intellectual faculties, and the plurality of the cerebral organs

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Marsh, Capen & Lyon, 1835 - Brain
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Page 214 - ... nearly twelve. These dimensions, he adds, are accompanied with a greater or less degree of stupidity or fatuity, inability (more or less complete) of fixing the attention on a determinate object, vague sentiments, an irregular train of ideas, speech consisting of broken phrases, &c., and blind and irregular instincts...
Page 68 - ... could sometimes understand his meaning. But, which is much to the point, he assured me, that in his dreams he always imagined that people conversed with him by signs or writing, and never that he heard any one speak to him. From hence it appears, that with the perceptions of sounds he...
Page 164 - ... the nervous systems of the spinal marrow, of the organs of the senses, and of the brain, are double, or in pairs. We have two optic nerves, and two nerves of hearing, just as we have two eyes and two ears ; and the brain is in like manner double, and all its integrant parts are in pairs. Now, just as when one of the optic nerves, or one of the eyes, is destroyed, we continue to see with the other eye ; so when one of the hemispheres of the brain, or one of the brains, has become incapable of...
Page 33 - Physiological Examination of the Nervous System in general, and of the . Brain in particular ; and indicating the Dispositions and .Manifestations of the Mind.
Page 113 - All human brains, if they are not naturally defective, exhibit the same parts and the same principal convolutions ; they are distinguished from each other only by the relative proportions of the convolutions, and by some differences of accessory convolutions.
Page 41 - ... hypochondriasis, despair, a tendency to suicide, hysteria, nymphomania, all the mental alienations, with their influences on so many other parts of the body, have their principal and immediate causes in derangement of the brain. What an index, consequently, is it, to the treatment of these sad maladies. Volumes have been written on the reciprocal influence of the brain, and the viscera of the abdomen and chest. And in general, how great must be the utility of the pathological study of the brain,...
Page 149 - Others had been fantastical in their ideas, their affections, and passions : some had had an extravagant imagination, and had been incapable of continuous study : others, excessively obstinate, could not live except in a very narrow circle of ideas and affections, whilst many, void of moral energy, had been timid, fearful, irresolute, indifferent to everything. With these dispositions a mere accidental cause is sufficient to make the insanity break out.
Page 195 - Camper draws a base line from the rooti 33 of the upper incisors, to the external auditory passage; then another straight line, from the upper incisors to the most elevated point of the forehead: according to him, the intellectual faculties of the man or animal, are in direct proportion to the magnitude of the angle, made by those...
Page 91 - ... (xxii, II, p. 76). Gall as strongly combated the notion with which these views were closely connected, that the ganglia of the sympathetic are themselves the seat of the passions, and justly asserted that " emotion being felt in certain parts, in connection with the affections and passions, proves nothing as to their seat.
Page 164 - Gall mentions more exotic cases as well. A split brain subject "continually heard insults against him" on his left side only, causing him to turn "his eyes that way, although, with the right side, he distinctly perceived, that these sounds came from no other source than a derangement in the left side of his head

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