The Zoist, Volume 1

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H. Baillière, 1844 - Magnetic healing

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The Zoist Journal - 13 volumes - I have read 10 - is a gold mine of information, stories, bios, controversy on Magnetism aka Mesmerism and Phrenology a la Gall. Edited and contributed to a large degree by Dr. John Elliotson, it explains much of the struggles these two threatening disciplines brought to England in the middle of the 19th century. I find it difficult to keep up with the Phrenology, but the Mesmerism stories keep my interest. There is also much related to education, criminal justice of the time and treatment or lack of treatment of insanity.
Recommended for history or healing buff.

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Page 293 - And how did Garrick speak the soliloquy last night? - Oh, against all rule, my Lord, - most ungrammatically! betwixt the substantive and the adjective, which should agree together in number, case, and gender, he made a breach thus, - stopping, as if the point wanted...
Page 257 - But a broomstick, perhaps you will say, is an emblem of a tree standing on its head ; and pray what is man, but a topsyturvy creature, his animal faculties perpetually mounted on his rational, his head where his heels should be, grovelling on the earth...
Page 284 - For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this ; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Page 240 - What is the law respecting alleged crimes committed by persons afflicted with insane delusion in respect of one or more particular subjects or persons : as, for instance, where at the time of the commission of the alleged crime the accused knew he was acting contrary to law, but did the act complained of with a view, under the influence of insane delusion, of redressing or revenging some supposed grievance or injury, or of producing some supposed public benefit?
Page 244 - That before a plea of insanity should be allowed, undoubted evidence ought to be adduced that the accused was of diseased mind, and that at the time he committed the act he was not conscious of right or wrong.
Page 240 - Lordships' inquiries are confined to those persons who labour under such partial delusions only, and are not in other respects insane, we are of opinion that, notwithstanding the party accused did the act complained of with a view, under the influence of insane delusion, of redressing or revenging some supposed grievance or injury, or of producing some public benefit, he is nevertheless punishable according to the nature of the crime committed...
Page 59 - It even appears that the Royal Society, unable to refute the facts, were compelled to account for them as produced by ' a sanative contagion in Mr Greatrake's body, which had an antipathy to some particular diseases, and not to others.
Page 22 - ... has taken no pains to investigate its claims to credibility, nor weighed the objections to the evidence on which it rests, is lauded for his acquiescence, while obloquy from every side is too often heaped on the man, who has minutely searched into the subject, and been led to an opposite conclusion. There are few things more disgusting to an enlightened mind than to see a number of men, a mob, whether learned or illiterate, who have never scrutinized the foundation of their opinions, assailing...
Page 268 - And the little children, who Round his feet played to and fro, Thinking every tear a gem, Had their brains knocked out by them.
Page 265 - I pray you, in your letters, When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am ; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice...

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