The Blues (splanchnic neurasthenia)

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E.B. Treat and Company, 1911 - 83 pages

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Page 89 - Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart ? DOCTOR Therein the patient Must minister to himself.
Page 25 - No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort; a great thing can only be done by a great man, and he does it without effort.
Page 254 - They are collected from all parts of the system to constitute the sexual elements, and their development in the next generation forms a new being ; but they are likewise capable of transmission in a dormant state to future generations, and may then be developed.
Page 104 - Thought strongly directed to any part tends to increase its vascularity, and consequently its sensibility. Associated with a powerful emotion, these effects are more strikingly shown, and, when not directed to any special part, an excited emotional condition induces a general sensitiveness to impressions — an intolerance of noise, for example, or cutaneous irritation. "2. Thought strongly directed away...
Page 26 - There are greater and lesser curves in the movement of every day's life, — a series of ascending and descending movements, a periodicity depending on the very nature of the force at work in the living organism. Thus we have our good seasons and our bad seasons, our good days and our bad days, life climbing and descending in long or short undulations, which I have called the curve of health.
Page 18 - ... inheritance is not the inevitably crushing and baneful thing that it has been thought. We come into the world, each one a being of limited capacity but in other respects free to become what circumstances make us, and responsible, to the extent of our capacity, for our lot. We bring no ticket-of-leave which stamps us as drunkards or maniacs on probation, but we do bear, in the histories of our ancestors, a certificate that hints by what efforts and by what avoidances we can make ourselves reasonable...
Page 89 - Yet that were vain, if dreams infest the grave. I wake, emerging from a sea of dreams Tumultuous; where my wrecked, desponding thought From wave to wave of fancied misery, At random drove, her helm of reason lost...
Page 109 - He takes great interest in horses, and believes that " the best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse.
Page 3 - The object of this volume is to direct attention to a new and heretofore undescribed variety of nerve exhaustion, which I have designated as Splanchnic Neurasthenia. This special form of nerve weakness is characterized by paroxysms of depression of varying duration, and is popularly known as "the blues.
Page 109 - i. The best thing for the insides of a man is the outside of a horse. 2. Blessed is he who invented sleep; but thrice blessed the man who will invent a cure for thinking. 3. Light gives a bronzed or tan color to the skin; but where it uproots the lily it plants the rose. 4. The lives of most men are in their own hands, and, as a rule, the just verdict after death would be — felo de se.

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