The Symptoms of Catalepsy

Sudden loss of consciousness: patient remains motionless in the same position as when attacked; slight rigidity of the muscles.

This affection is similar to trance. It occurs most often in hysterical women, sometimes in men. The length of the attack may vary from a few minutes to several hours, or even days. Ecstasy is a peculiar form of this affection in which the patient does not lose consciousness but experiences a great exaltation of feeling, and is subject to various illusions and hallucinations. History gives us numerous and very interesting examples of this disease, many of which have been made the means of very extensive religious deception.