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Studies in the Psychology of Intemperance (Paperback): George Everett Partridge

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George Everett Partridge

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII THE STATE OF INTOXICATION There are many interesting accounts of the mental effects of various intoxicating drugs, some to be found in popular writings. De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater set the fashion for this kind of study, and also unfortunately popularised the use of opium by writers and others to stimulate the feelings and the imagination. Although the descriptions of intoxication that have thus been inspired are sometimes exaggerated, their points of general agreement must be given due weight. Experimental studies of drug intoxications have been made, which will help to correct the more popular accounts. Weir-Mitchell, Prentiss and Morgan, Delabarre and others have contributed careful studies. Delabarre says that after taking hasheesh one gets a larger conception of the range of the emotional life. Frequently mentioned effects of drugs are the awakening of early memories, exaggeration of emotional states, changes in time and space perceptions (commonly referred to as a feeling of infinity), fantastic colour visions, confusion of hearing and vision, animistic beliefs, philosophic insight, double personality, sensations of extension of the body, increase of personality. All this shows that a wider range of mental functioning is going on (whether as a result of paralysis of control or stimulation of nerve cells directly) than in the normal condition. It is the common testimony that the normal limits both of pain and pleasure are passed. And the conclusion which applies to nearly if not quite all the cases that have been examined, is that the intoxication is essentially a succession of emotional states, or changes, in which exhilaration, accompanied by a free flow of thought and heightened sensibility, is followed by depres...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: George Everett Partridge
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 60
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-56313-0
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > General
Books > History > General
LSN: 0-217-56313-9
Barcode: 9780217563130

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