Physiological Essays: Drink Craving, Differences in Men, Idiosyncrasy, and The Origin of Disease

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Trübner, 1870 - 246 pages
 

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Page 180 - Madness frequently discovers itself merely by unnecessary deviation from the usual modes of the world. My poor friend Smart showed the disturbance of his mind by falling upon his knees and saying his prayers in the street, or in any other unusual place. Now although, rationally speaking, it is greater madness not to pray at all, than to pray as Smart did, I am afraid there are so many who do not pray, that their understanding is not called in question.
Page 221 - Near villages and small towns I have found the nests of humble-bees more numerous than elsewhere, which I attribute to the number of cats that destroy the mice.
Page 170 - The Glaciers of the Alps ' I have referred to a case of short auditory range noticed by myself, in crossing the Wengern Alp in company with a friend. The grass at each side of the path swarmed with insects, which to me rent the air with their shrill chirruping. My friend heard nothing of this, the insect-music lying quite beyond his limit of audition.
Page 170 - The squeak of the bat, the sound of a cricket, even the chirrup of the common house-sparrow, are unheard by some people who for lower sounds possess a sensitive ear. A difference of a single note is sometimes sufficient to produce the change from sound to silence. 'The suddenness of the transition...
Page 221 - Hence we may infer as highly probable that, if the whole genus of humblebees became extinct or very rare in England, the heartsease and red clover...
Page 49 - Not all who come in contact with the poison have the disease, for individual susceptibility and predisposition differ in different individuals, and in the same individual at different times. In...
Page 183 - When I am among women, I have evil thoughts, malice, spleen ; I cannot speak, or be silent ; I am full of suspicions, and therefore listen to nothing ; I am in a hurry to be gone.

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