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important epoch in our knowledge of vital periodicity, but it fully
justifies us in asserting (what Dr. Laycock nearly twenty years ago
almost ventured to assert), that " the scientific observation and
treatment of disease are impossible without a knowledge of the
mysterious revolutions continually taking place in the system."
Art. IV. ?ON HALLUCINATIONS IN THEIR RELATION TO MEDICAL
JURISPRUDENCE. By A. Brierre De Boismont. (Continued from No. IV.,
p. 668.) Not only are figures, objects of sight, metamorphosed to
the subjects of hallucination, but words, and auditions, in the
absence of sound, submit to the same transformations, and enter
into the system of morbid interpretation peculiar to the insane.
These strange modifications constitute for the patient a
fantastical world in which he lives exclusively, to which all his
impressions are related, whilst the actual world is to him a mere
secondary matter.) One of the most curious facts of this nature is
the case of one of our boarders, who pretended that every one
treated her as an idiot or a fool; if any one laughed or spat, it
was to scorn or insult her. The cries of the street, the barking of
dogs, the neighing of horses, the cracking of whips, the breaking
of anything, were so many proofs of malevolence against her; her
words, her thoughts, were instantly incriminated. If she appeared
at a window, people withdrew. As to everything else, her reason was
perfect. We were acquainted with another lady who imagined that
coachmen, horses, carriages stopped or made burlesque attitudes at
her. The belief of the hallucinated with regard to this class of
subjects is uncontrolled either by reason or passion, because there
is no counterpoise which can weigh down the balance. Thus mastered
by his delirious convictions he may...
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