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the organ of hearing may be roused in the same manner Gen. V.
Spec. II. or exhibit the same anomaly; and, in this case, the Paroniria dreamer, who, under the influence of the last species of loquens.
Sleep-talkaffection, is able to see as well as to walk, is able, under ing. the present, to hear as well as to speak. Examples, in- Organ of deed, are given in which a by-stander obtaining some hea
me sometimes clue into the train of thoughts of which the dream is com- associates posed, has been able, not only to keep up an irregular conversation, but, by dexterous management and the art- whence the ful assumption of a character which he finds introduced
able to hear into the dream, to draw from the dreamer the profoundest as well as to secrets of his bosom, the dreaming ideas generally consist op ing of those on which the dreamer is most employed conse when awake, or which lie nearest his heart. I have never he met with a case of this kind in my own practice, but it is given as a fact by various physiologists from the time of the Greeks and Romans to our own day.
in the wake ulness:
THE SEXUAL ORGANS EXCITED INTO VENEREAL ACTION
BY THE FORCE OF THE IMAGINATION DURING DREAM,
uriformis passio cujus poseness of some
By Sauvages this affection is absurdly placed among the Gen. V. species of gonorrhæa, which, with great looseness of
Species generic character is defined “ passio cujus præcipuum placed er symptoma est fluidi puriformis vel seminiformis effluxus neously by
Sauvages: stillatitius ex urethrâ”. This definition is, indeed, wide enough to embrace the affection before us; but the absurdity consists in intermixing a natural discharge produced by the ordinary orgasm with morbid discharges, in which, in most cases, there is no orgasm whatever. Dr.
and by Cullen, however, has continued to assign the same place Cullen. and the same name to the present species, and this with
Gen. V, still greater inconsistency; since he has struck out of his Spkc. III.
definition of gonorrhæa the epithet seminiformis, and salas.
confined it to a “ Auxus humoris ex urethrâ præter Night-polJution.
naturam”. So that he has been obliged to break his own bounds to introduce this natural flux into the place he has allotted it. And hence in his laying down the treatment of gonorrhæa in his Practice of Physic, he takes no notice of his gonorrhoea dormientium, as though feeling
that it was altogether a different subject. Physiology. We have already observed that whatever part of the
animal frame is immediately connected with the tenour of the somnolent vision, it is often roused, under particular circumstances, from the general sleep or torpitude in which it had participated, and becomes wakeful while every
other part perseveres in the common repose. During Ideas of sleep, moreover, our ideas are often more lively and operadreaming
tive than during wakefulness, and this on two accounts ; more lively than in first, because from the uninterrupted activity of the invowakeful
luntary organs there is a more ready secretion of sensorial, ness, and why. as well as of most other fluids, in a state of perfect tran
quillity; and next, because the ideas that predominate at the time are not broken in upon or weakened by exterior impressions and disturbances. It is, on this account, when the faculty of the judgement is stimulated into activity, instead of the ear or eye or the motory powers, a man has sometimes been able to solve difficulties in dreaming which proved too hard for him when vigilant. And to this effect Dr. Spurzheim : “ somnambulists”, says he, “ even do things of which they are not capable in a state
of watching; and some dreaming persons reason sometimes Interesting better than they do when awake*. A singular and amusexemplification.
ing instance of this occurred not many years ago to a very excellent and justly celebrated friend of the author's, the Reverend William Jones of Nayland, Suffolk, who, among other branches of science, had deeply cultivated that of music, to which indeed he was passionately attached. He was a man of an irritable temperament, ardent
* Physiognomical System, p. 175. 8vo. Lond. 1815.
mind, and most active and brilliant imagination : and was Ge. V.
Spec. III. hence prepared by nature for energetic and vivid ideas in Paroniria his dreams. On one occasion during his sleep, he com- salax.
Night polposed a very beautiful little ode of about six stanzas, and lution. set the same to very agreeable music: the impression of which was so firmly fixed in his memory, that on rising in the morning he set down and copied from his recollection, both the music and the poetry.
It is hence not difficult to conceive that members so Hence irritable as the sexual organs, when once the imagination sexual or
gasm from leads energetically to the subject of concupiscence, should dreaming occasionally participate in the vision, and prove their ideas. sympathy by the result. In some morbid states of the body, and especially Seminal
hwin flux somewhen accompanied with local irritation, produced by in
no times durflammation, fibrous entony, the debility of old age, or a ing sleep
im from vahabit of vicious indulgence, a seminal flux has sometimes taken place without any connexion with the dream, and but this
: does not bosometimes without either erection or turgescence ; but this 1. does not constitute the affection immediately before us; present in which the stimulant power lies in the sensory and is spe propagated from that organ to those of generation.
The Roman poet who so admirably unlocked the na- The fact TURE OF Things to his contemporaries, by following the
me the Greeks footsteps of nature herself into most of her deepest re- and Ro cesses, directed his attention to this subject, among other mans, physiological facts, and has elegantly explained it in the elegantly
explained above manner ; adducing, at the same time, another instance of the influence which the ideas of dreaming some- tius. times exercise over the organs connected with them, derived from the evacuation of the bladder which frequently with an
other effect takes place in children whose dream is directed to this of a similar natural want, and who image to themselves the ordinary kind. vessel employed for such purpose, as at hand for their use :
Purei sæpe, lacum propter seu dolia curta,
Gen. V. Conveniunt simulacra foris e corpore quoque, SPEC. III. Nuntiæ præclari voltûs, pulchrique coloris, Paroniria
Qui ciet inritans loca turgida semine multo, salas. Night pole
Ut, quasi transactis sæpe omnibus rebus, profundant, lution.
Fluminis ingenteis fluctus, vestemque cruentent*. Medical In the medical treatment of all these species of partreatment. General
oniria we must never lose sight of this principle that, alprinciples though in many instances their predisponent cause is a to be at
peculiar idiosyncrasy or habit, their exciting cause is, in Irritation, all cases, general or local irritation ; and that this irritathe exciting
&tion is of two very opposite kinds, which it also becomes which may us very particularly to attend to, namely, that of entony be entonic or atonic.
or excess of power, and that of atony or deficiency. Remedial It is to the former that Lucretius alludes, and which process is by far the most common exciting cause : and where this when from entonic irri, exists, our first indication is to reduce the superabundant tation, vigour by venesection, purgatives, laborious exercise, and
a limitation to a plain and spare diet. While, on the When from contrary, where the exciting cause is debility, our attenatonic irri- tion should be directed to a tonic course of medicines, tation.
and particularly to those tonics which prove sedative at the same time that they strengthen the system. Several of the mineral acids are entitled to this character, and especially the sulphuric: and a still greater number of the vegetable bitters, and particularly the extracts of hop and lettuce. Dr. Cullen, indeed, as we have already observed, supposes a sedative power to exist in all the bitters, though not equally in all. How far the Prussic acid might be employed for this purpose I cannot say from personal practice : but if it really consist, as it is supposed to do, of the sedative principle of the laurocerasus or bitter almonds, it may possibly prove a very ser
viceable remedy. Undue ac- Our next object of attention should be to prevent all cumulation
undue accumulation of the sensorial principle during of power to be pre sleep, and this may be accomplished in two very distinct vented.
and opposite ways. The first is the use of a hard matHence hard
trass, with so small a covering of clothing that the sleep
* De Rer. Nat, iv. 1020,
may be somewhat less sound than ordinary, and conse- GEN. V.
Spec. III. quently more easily broken off. For the force of our Paroniria dreaming ideas will always be in proportion to a certain salax.
Night-poldegree of soundness in our sleep: I say a certain degree, lution. because if the fatigue or exhaustion, or torpitude, be ex- Treatment. treme, the sleep will become profound or lethargic, all the faculties of the mind will participate in it, and, as already observed, there will be no ideas or dreaming whatever.
And hence the second mode of preventing an accu- and narmulation of sensorial, and especially of irritable power, will be the employment of narcotics till the morbid habit is destroyed; for these, when carried to a sufficient extent, diminish vascular action, and consequently take off sense and motion so completely as to extinguish the vital principle altogether, and hence not only to suppress all power of dreaming, but even life itself.
I had lately under my care for the last species, a very Illustration. modest and regular young man, who was a student of Christ's College, Cambridge, and was alarmed at the idea of having his constitution undermined by its continuance. He was rapidly growing, of slender make, and of a relaxed habit. Nitre, which has been so often recommended as a sedative, in this case did no service : but under the use of a pill composed of one grain of opium and five of camphor taken nightly, and draughts of myrrh, and infusion of columbo acidulated with sulphuric acid, he lost the tendency in a fortnight, after having been subject to the discharge for many weeks. His bowels were kept at the same time constantly stimulated by the pill of aloes and myrrh : and the cold-bath formed a part of his regimen. Pagani and De Cazelles * have recommended electricity ; but the author has never tried its effects, having uniformly succeeded without it. . Where either of these species, but particularly the two
° secondary former, are connected with a morbid state of the stomach, affection, the disease must be attacked in this quarter, as it was
mary diswith great judgement and a favourable issue in the case ease must
be princiquoted from Dr. Yeates.
• Journ. de Medicine, Tom. LXXIV,