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Mysteries Of The Vital Element Dreams, Somnambulism, Trance, Vital Photography, Faith And Will, Anesthesia, Nervous Congestion And Creative Function | by Robert H. Collyer



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TitleMysteries Of The Vital Element Dreams, Somnambulism, Trance, Vital Photography, Faith And Will, Anesthesia, Nervous Congestion And Creative Function
AuthorRobert H. Collyer
PublisherHenry Renshaw
Year1870
Copyright1870, Henry Renshaw
AmazonMysteries Of The Vital Element

By Robert H. Collyer, M.D. Registered By The Council Of Medical Education. Original Discoverer of Anesthesia by the Inhalation of Narcotic and Stimulating Vapours, Discoverer of Electro-biology, Author of The Physiology of the Brain and Nervous System; Graduate of the Berkshire Medical College, Massachusetts, Member of the Massachusetts Medical Society; formerly Student of the London and Paris Schools of Medicine; late Principal Physician to the Cholera Hospital, Mexico.

" Divisum est opus sedare dolorum," - Hippocrates.

" Dr. Collyer, to our minds, is the true modern pioneer, after all - the mam who ran first."

Lancet, June , 1870.

Second Edition.

-Prefatory Remarks
In presenting to the medical profession a second edition of The History of Anaesthetic Discovery, it is with the conviction that it will be received with the same indulgent and liberal spirit which ...
-Chapter I. Anaesthesia
Anesthesia, is the faculty of rendering the nervous system insensible to outward impressions; during the state thus induced, surgical operations and the most difficult parturitions are devoid of physi...
-Anaesthesia. Part 2
It was not, however, until the 11th of April, 1799, that the illustrious chemist and philosopher, Sir Humphry Davy, the discoverer of protoxide of nitrogen, inhaled this gas, in order to assuage the p...
-Anaesthesia. Part 3
Four years prior to this, the author had been rendered insensible by the inhalation of sulphuric ether, in Dr. Turner's lecture-room, University of London. The incident is recorded in the following le...
-Anaesthesia. Part 4
The following is from my Work published May, 1843, p. 36 :I had prepared by the magician's direction some frankincense and coriander seeds; a chafing-dish, with some live coals in it. These were no...
-The Lungs A Galvanic Or Nervo-Electric Battery
To the Editor of the People's Phrenological Journal. Dear Sir, - In many of the late numbers of your periodical, I observe, that a recent (?) discovery has been made relative to the functions of ...
-Chapter II. Contending Claims of Horace Wells, Wm. T. G. Morton, And Dr. Charles T. Jackson
The moment the news arrived in the Isle of Jersey, I addressed to the Jersey Times, the London Medical Times, London Critic, London Morning Chronicle, Lancet, etc. etc. Painless Surgical Operations...
-Contending Claims of Horace Wells, Wm. T. G. Morton, And Dr. Charles T. Jackson. Continued
In the following month (January, 1845), Wells visited Boston, for the purpose of introducing the practice of inhalation. He first called on Mr. Wm. T. G. Morton, his former partner in the practice of ...
-Chapter III. Contending Claims Of Wm. T. G. Morton And Dr. Charles T. Jackson
Nearly two years had passed since the experiment of Horace Wells on himself with nitrons oxide gas, to produce insensibility, so as to have the tooth extracted by Dr. Riggs: yet no one seemed to heed ...
-Contending Claims Of Wm. T. G. Morton And Dr. Charles T. Jackson. Continued
I request to communicate, through your medium, to the Academy of Science, a discovery which I have made, and which I believe important for the relief of suffering humanity, as well as of great value...
-Chapter IV. Anaesthesia In Europe
In the early part of 1847, Dr. Lach of Paris, published a Work, which for elaborate research and profound physiological deduction has not been surpassed, entitled De l'Ether Sulphurique, de son Action...
-Sleeplessness
To the Editor of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Sir, - As you desire for publication an account of my extraordinary sleeplessness, I make you welcome to what follows:During three periods...
-Sleeplessness. Part 2
After three years of this sleeplessness, being in Montreal, I advised with Dr. Robinson, but he could do nothing for me. Telling him that few would credit my accounts of sleeplessness, he said he co...
-Sleeplessness. Part 3
I have tried many remedies: a hop-pillow, hop-tea, etc. etc. etc. Winter before last, at Kingston, Canada, in great misery from the deprivation, I resorted to laudanum again and again - fifty drops,...
-Sleeplessness. Part 4
A powerful mental emotion will blanch the surface of the body, whereas a slight one will cause a rush of blood to the capillaries, and cause a blush. How much is conveyed in this every-day occurrence!...
-Sleeplessness. Part 5
Dr. Scoutetten, physician to the Military Hospital of Metz, relates the following: - I found myself seated close to a young lady in a theatre to witness a curious performance called 'Etherization.' ...
-Sleeplessness. Part 6
Exhaust the brain by over-exercise of the muscles, or by fatigue, the brain requiring to be replenished with force or vital fluid; nervous congestion or ordinary sleep is induced, because the senses c...
-Chapter V. Animal Magnetism, Mesmerism, Or Nervous Congestion, And Other Allied Topics
When the writer was first reduced to a state of semi-unconsciousness by Dr. Cleaveland, in October, 1839, he probably was as sceptical as most medical students on matters which do not come within the ...
-Animal Magnetism, Mesmerism, Or Nervous Congestion, And Other Allied Topics. Part 2
This is important, as many who do not understand the fact of how evanescent is the period which is really accompanied by lucidity, attribute the failure to incapacity or summarily denounce the subject...
-Animal Magnetism, Mesmerism, Or Nervous Congestion, Allied Topics. Part 3
In May, 1843, the following was published, relative to the same subject :Mental hallucination can at any time be produced on persons in the waking state, who are recipient to the agency, with much m...
-Chapter VI. Egyptian Mysteries
He that believeth not is damned, was the constantly reiterated admonition to those who were passing through the ceremony of initiation, in the Temple, by the Priests of Egypt. The ceremony was com...
-Chapter VII. Somnambulism
During the dreaming condition of the brain the senses are asleep. Is it not evident that the extravagance or coherence of the dream depends on the number or combination of organs which are in an activ...
-Somnambulism. Part 2
Unconscious impressions are continually being made on the cerebral mass, even in its lourd unimpressionable state. In the highest states of vital electricity, as exhibited in the ant, bee, etc., do...
-Somnambulism. Part 3
Intellectual and moral associations in childhood stamp the character of the brain's functions all through life.* * If men could be born without mothers, then the policy of not elevating woman to ex...
-Somnambulism. Part 4
The same is often related of that brilliant poet, Lord Byron. These cases no donbt will suggest dozens similar in character to the reader; where men were conscious of their incapacity, except when ...
-Somnambulism. Part 5
Modern spiritualism is merely another phase of these ancient customs of a superstitious and ignorant people, who were the dupes of the priest, the magician, and the soothsayer. The priests of Egypt, P...
-Chapter VIII. Dreams And Abnormal Brain And Vital Function
Dreams are at all times shadowy, and easily fade away; there are some, however, which for a short time produce a marked impression. Dreams are sometimes so fascinatingly delusive, that we are chagrine...
-Dreams And Abnormal Brain And Vital Function. Continued
Oftentimes when the brain is abnormally excited, as in fevers, the dreaming state may be so active that the senses become subservient to the delusions. The patient believes in the presence of things w...
-Chapter IX. Vital Photography
The exquisitely sensitive condition of the nervous coat known as the retina, is such that it appreciates a vibratory movement of the one-trillionth part of an inch in a second. These vibrations of the...
-Vital Photography. Part 2
The simple elementary forms are first received: these in course of time, according to the cerebral capacity, are compounded until the individual has attained by educational experience sufficient infor...
-Vital Photography. Part 3
The following letter from Dr. H. Garasse, of Calais, will explain:En Juin, 1870, dans un chateau des environs de Calais, est un phenomene tres curieux que est la plus belle preuve du systeme ecrite ...
-Chapter X. Creative Function
Nature never contradicts herself; she has established a universal law that all matter, organic as well as inorganic, commences from a point or germ in the crystallization of the material of which the ...
-Creative Function. Continued
There are no sudden transformations; all the operations of nature are on a gigantic and grand scale, invariably commencing from the most simple forms, which are aggregated into the most complicated. E...
-Chapter XI. Faith And Will
The first periods of life are purely automatic: there is no established connexion between the voluntary function of the brain and the motor nerves, as these arise from the anterior portion of the spin...
-Will - It Has No Power Of Itself
It must be observed that when the inspiration or inhalation was complete, the raising took place. The object of the inhalation was to fix and concentrate the will power; it demands an undivided act of...
-Will - It Has No Power Of Itself. Continued
Unbelief or loss of faith is one of the most extraordinary conditions of the brain, for when it exists all power of action ceases. The desire may be strong, but the power of execution so weak, that it...
-Chapter XII. Modern Spiritualism
When the scientific philosopher of the West revealed to the astonished Brahmin of the East some of the wonders of the minutest forms of the vital element, of whose existence we should have for ever ...
-Modern Spiritualism. Part 2
On each occasion some unaccountable phenomena were presented; but we were soon led to suspect that the truth was so mixed with fraud and trickery that it was most difficult to assign which was the one...
-Modern Spiritualism. Part 3
These were our written ideas nine years since. In 1843, we published a work entitled Psychography, or the Embodiment of Thought The subject is replete with intense interest, as explanatory on a philos...
-Modern Spiritualism. Part 4
In the experiment of raising a man at the end of the fingers, it is absolutely necessary, to insure success, that all the bearers should act harmoniously; their volition must be simultaneous, otherwis...
-The Chronological History Of The Employment Of Anaesthetics
The chronological history of the employment of anaesthetics in modern times may be recapitulated as follows :Sir Humphry Davy's declaration with regard to nitrous oxide gas: Amongst its other properti...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism
At a large and respectable meeting of the citizens of Boston, held at the Masonic Temple on the evening of the 22nd of June, 1841, Drs. Abner Phelps, Winslow Lewis, jun., and Francis Dana, were appoin...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 2
The father of young Mr. Beals, a respectable merchant in this city, is present, and says he has not before seen his son so quiet for seven years, as he has been since operated upon by Dr. C. The co...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 3
Voted, That Dr. Gregerson (he being present) be requested to state his late experience upon the subject of the committee's inquiries. Dr. G. rose and gave a very interesting account in detail of the m...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 4
Dr. Storer and others, who are still sceptics, express themselves as entirely satisfied of the conscientious and veracious character of Mr.------, and that there is no collusion between him and Dr. C....
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 5
The foregoing record of this meeting was then read, and sanctioned by all concerned. On the motion of Dr. Storer, Voted, That the unanimous thanks of this committee be presented to the gentleman who h...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 6
Wells, the first discoverer of the scientific application of intoxication as the means of rendering the body insensible to pain. We regret that, at a moment when the question of the value of this disc...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 7
There was no reasoning by analogy. The whole experiment was the result of an impulsive idea, which he abandoned entirely after a few trials in the following month. It has been shown elsewhere, that Mr...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 8
A temple was erected on the spot, and dedicated to Apollo. The particular apartment of the oracle was immediately over the chasm from which the vapours issued. A priestess delivered the responses -...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 9
If we cannot believe Morton and Jackson under oath, when are they to be believed? If any one will compare the extract of lectures published in the Boston, Philadelphia, and Providence newspapers in...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 10
It was at this time that I wrote the passage in my work 'Psychography,' published in Philadelphia, May, 1843: 'The power to produce the congestive or unconscious state of brain is not confined to th...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 11
It is conclusive that if Morton had known anything of the chemical properties of sulphuric ether, he never would have gone to Dr. Jackson at all. The very fact of his going proves two things, that h...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 12
I except from these terms institutions belonging to Government, because it is to be expected that Government will, for a licence to use the invention for Government purposes, and particularly in the...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 13
When as early as 1840 I first announced to the medical profession of Charlestown, South Carolina, that I had reduced a dislocation of the hip-joint some two months previously near New Orleans, without...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 14
Liverpool Standard, October 14th, 1843. - From want of space we are prevented from giving a detailed account of Dr. Collyer's philosophical lecture. On all and every occasion I met committees of...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 15
When once the principle had been published that the inhalation of narcotic and stimulating vapours produced an unconscious state of brain, there was no great mental effort or merit in others putting...
-Report of the Committee on Animal Magnetism. Part 16
The deceased having become insensible after inhaling the above quantity of methylene, he (witness) removed the finger from his hand, the operation not lasting more than one minute. It was then prov...







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