Clinical Lectures on Mental Diseases

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... would never have associated with get round him then. He tends to seek persons in a lower social and ethical position, and very often the loss of his self-control is shown by an excessive use of stimulants, or by frequenting bad company, both being mere symptoms of his mental disorder. The lower and baser parts of a man, kept under before, now come uppermost. Especially is excitation of the sexual desire and disregard of morals and appearances in gratifying it most common. I have found this to exist in nine-tenths of such cases. I once saved a business and a reputation by getting a man in the beginning of an attack of mild mania to take a partner, give up business meantime, go to spend a year with a friend on a sheep farm in Australia, live out in the open air, take much (but not too much) exercise, eat little animal food, and take bromide of potassium in 20-grain doses three times a day. This, in fact, sums up about all I can tell you in regard to treatment. The great difficulty is that such patients do not know that thero is anything wrong with them and will not believe it, in fact are often most indignant, and quarrel with you if such a thing is hinted at. They sometimes look well, but they do not sleep well, and all of them are restless, and often worn-looking. They often eat twice and thrice as much as usual, and digest their food well. They often have their bowels moved twice and thrice a day, even if naturally of a costive habit. Their tastes usually change. They lose their fine feelings and delicate perceptions of things in taste and smell and sensibilities. I have known a man who needed to use highly magnifying spectacles to bo able to do without them, and even be able to read small print, when passing through an attack of simple mania. In fact, I knew a...