One of the depressing passions; it stops perspiration, renders every muscular action languid; and thus checks the intestinal and biliary discharges, renders the skin sallow, and, by lowering the activity of the nervous power, renders the body more accessible to the influence of infection. It has occasioned death, and the persons are said to die broken hearted. One instance is recorded, if we mistake not, by Dr. Whytt, where this organic change was produced by grief. We can easily conceive that the diminished power of the vital may be accompanied with such a diminution of the resistance of the simple solid, as to admit of the impulse of the blood when accumulated in the heart and larger vessels, from the altered determination, to occasion a rupture. Grief, if indulged, produces all the changes which distinguish hypochondriasis. The mind soon recovers its elasticity; but the bodily effects remain often during life, frequently terminating in melancholy and mania. Fretfulness, often confounded with grief, is not dangerous to the constitution, and rather referrible to excess of irritability.