Affecting Scenes: Being Passages from the Diary of a Physician, Volume 2

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J. & J. Harper, 1833
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Page 224 - But the father said to his servants ; Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it ; and let us eat and be merry ; For this my son was dead, and is alive again ; he was lost, and is found.
Page 261 - And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
Page 259 - PEACE be to this house, and to all that dwell in it. IT When he cometh into the sick man's presence, he shall say, kneeling down, REMEMBER not, LORD, our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers ; Spare us, good LORD, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood ; and be not angry with us for ever.
Page 261 - ... that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
Page 241 - No reply was made, and I thrust open the door. Heavens! can I describe what I saw! Within less than a yard of me stood the most frightful figure my eyes have ever beheld.
Page 243 - Satan has her!" convinced me that the unfortunate young lady was seized with CATALEPSY ; that rare mysterious affection, so fearfully blending the conditions of life and death — presenting, so to speak, life in the aspect of death, and death in that of life! I felt no doubt that extreme terror, operating suddenly on a nervous system most highly excited, and a vivid, active fancy, had produced the effects I saw. Doubtless the first terrible outbreak of the thunder-storm, especially the fierce splendour...
Page 265 - ... raising her trembling right hand to her face. Again she sighed — again opened her eyes, and, to my delight, their expression was more natural than before. She looked languidly about her for a moment, as if examining the bedcurtains — and her eyes closed again. I sent for some weak brandy and water, and gave her a little in a teaspoon. She swallowed it with great difficulty. I ordered some warm water to be got ready for her feet, to equalize the circulation ; and while it was preparing, sat...
Page 183 - He saw the nest of hornets which he had lit upon, yet would not forsake the spot ! Alas, Beauchamp was not the first who has felt the fatal fascination of play, the utter obliviousness of consequences which it induces ! The demons who fluttered about him no longer thought of masking themselves, but stood boldly in all their naked hideousness before him. For weeks together he had one continual run of bad luck, yet still he lived and gambled on from week to week, from day to day, from hour to hour,...
Page 263 - How much longer do you think it probable, humanly speaking, that the system can continue in this state, so as to give hopes of ultimate recovery ?" enquired the dean. " I cannot say," I replied with a sigh. " She must sink, and speedily. She has not received, since she was first seized, as much nourishment as would serve for an infant's meal ! " " I have an impression that she will die suddenly...
Page 243 - I called a servant to attend her ; and returned to my hapless patient. But what was I to do ? Medical man as I was, I never had seen a patient in such circumstances, and felt as ignorant on the subject, as agitated. It was not epilepsy — it was not apoplexy — a swoon — nor any known species of hysteria. The most remarkable feature of her case, and what enabled me to ascertain the nature of her disease, was this ; that if I happened accidentally to alter the position of her limbs, they retained,...

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