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1847 Excerpt: ...in any direction. I had included the spine to make
all secure, and it also was rigid. At this stage of the proceedings
the endurance and forbearance for which some have given me credit
on many trying occasions, broke down completely exhausted, I am
sorry to relate. For, whatever might be the anomalies and apparent
contradictions, (only so to our ignorance) observed throughout this
case, there was one great consistent, ever present fact before us
from first to last; the impossibility of bending a rigid limb
without causing intense pain, and bringing on convulsions even,
nevertheless, in spite of all experience, and my warnings of the
probable evil consequences, it was attempted to bend his rigid
spine and neck, and convulsions would have followed as they did
yesterday, if I had not interfered, and protested that I would not
be concerned in such proceedings. Half an hour before this Dr.
Jackson had suddenly applied a bottle of carb. ammonia to his nose,
and he instantly drew back his head, --I was now requested to try
what could be done with the sense of smell. In a few minutes, he
showed the most perfect indifference to the fumes of ammonia held
close to his nose for some time, and when he appeared to feel the
irritation, he said that he only felt a heat in his neck.
Yesterday, it will be remembered, the heat was in the chest. His
nose was found to be also insensible to pricking, and his tongue
likewise. Seeing this, a large bodkin was given to him, and he was
desired to prick his body and face; and say where it hurt him. He
lightly touched his arm and shoulder, saying it hurt him, and then
carried the bodkin to his cheek into which he stuck and bored it
repeatedly (sometimes lifting up thick folds of the skin twice
transfixed) in so shocking a manner, that I..
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