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"Under the hide of those difficult phrases, Dr. Hammond provides various admirable counsels, with reference to an far more than blood within the head, stating its factors, its signs, the mode of its clinical remedy, and the technique of its prevention." —N. Y. Tribune

"The paintings is not just of curiosity to the scientific guy, but in addition is one simply understood and to be learn with revenue through brain-workers of all periods, no matter if in occupation, in literature or company. It treats of the reason for complications, the wakefulness, the illusions or delusions, and emotions of tightness within the head, which such a lot of of our American writers and thinkers adventure, and it provides helpful details to be had via laymen as to the prevention and treatment for this affection, which in a while results in madness or death." —Boston Traveler

The human physique differs from the other computer within the proven fact that it makes use of its gas in nice half in some way; in basic terms in truth after it's been assimilated and switched over into tissues of assorted forms. hence while a muscle contracts, it's the muscle itself that's ate up; whilst a proposal is conceived it's the mind which supplies the strength; while an emotion is skilled, it really is back the mind that's decomposed. The physique, consequently, lives by way of the loss of life of its personal substance. it's actual, a few sorts of nutrition similar to alcohol, tea and occasional, and maybe a few others don't require to head farther than the blood to be burned, yet those are regularly heat-producing, and never tissue-producing elements. yet even if topic be fed on at once or not directly, all physically strength effects from its decomposition, and with no this destruction of topic the physique will be totally incapable of a unmarried practical motion of any style no matter what, and its temperature like that of the so-called cold-blooded animals will be that of the encompassing medium, the atmosphere.

The volume of meals required by means of the procedure varies just like the calls for of different machines based on the volume of labor that's to be played. A plowman, different issues being equivalent, consumes greater than a watchmaker; simply as a locomotive burns extra gasoline than the little engine that runs a stitching computing device; the robust able-bodied energetic guy, person who works his brains and muscle tissue as much as their complete energy, eats greater than the vulnerable, emaciated and inactive lady, who passes all her time within the recumbent place in mattress; and the latter will, different issues being equivalent, suffer for an extended interval whole abstinence from foodstuff. a bit nutrition with this sort of one is going a good way, the calls for of the procedure are at their minimal, and for this reason a mouthful of bread, or a bit tea and toast taken at lengthy durations, suffices for the availability of all, or a superb component to the waste of the physique. With this sort of individual there isn't a lot excessive proposal, there's very little muscular motion, the pulsations of the guts don't require to be of a lot strength, the respiratory is feeble, digestion is at its lowest aspect, there aren't any nice calls for for animal warmth, and actually if the temperature of the ambience of the room during which this sort of individual lies, be saved excessive, the functionality of calorification might be nearly not anything. nonetheless there has to be a few nutrients taken. The physique, can to a undeniable volume, be used up in delivering the strength required for the various services with out the need for a right away recovery of its tissues, yet there's a restrict to this, past which it's definite loss of life to go.

CONTENTS

I Abstinence within the center a while

II Abstinence nowa days

III Abstinence from meals, with Stigmatization

IV The Brooklyn Case

V The body structure and Pathology of Inanition

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