On Some of the Mental Affections of Childhood and Youth: Being the Lettsomian Lectures Delivered Before the Medical Society of London in 1887, Together with Other Papers

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J. & A. Churchill, 1887 - Child psychology - 307 pages
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Page 6 - straight and sparse. The face is flat and broad and destitute of prominence. The cheeks are roundish and widened laterally. The eyes are obliquely placed and the internal canthi more than normally separated. The palpebral fissure is very narrow, the forehead is wrinkled transversely from the constant
Page 6 - fissure is very narrow, the forehead is wrinkled transversely from the constant use of the occipitofrontalis muscle in opening the eyes. The lips are large and thick, with transverse fissures. The tongue is long and thick and very rugous. The nose is small. The skin has a tawny
Page 210 - that he is the child of Europeans, but so frequently are these characters presented that there can be no doubt that these ethnic features are the result of degeneration. The Mongolian type of idiocy occurs in more than 10 per cent. of the cases which are
Page 303 - having regard to what I have laid down as to the physical signs and configuration of congenital idiocy, that the prognosis is, contrary to what is so often thought, inversely as the child is comely, fair to look upon, and winsome. It will be readily conceived how many interesting points of departure are suggested by the topics I have touched on. I have
Page 61 - whose riches were its vineyards, the inhabitants were forced to be a little more sober in consequence of ten years' vine disease. This, he says, had a sensible effect in diminishing the cases of idiocy. Demeaux assured himself that of thirtysix epileptic patients he had under his observation for twelve years, and whose history he was able to trace, five were
Page 270 - to their probable future. The disposition of property, and other family arrangements, depend a good deal on the answer which is given. We have learned by experience this important fact, that the child who has been born with defective intellect is more susceptible of improvement by physical and intellectual training than the child who has been born with full possession of his brain-power, and has afterwards
Page 278 - they are less than the normal width. One result, or rather one accompaniment, of this narrowing is the inordinate vaulting of the palate, which assumes a roof-like form. The vaulting is not simply apparent from the approximation of the teeth of the two sides, it is
Page 266 - there any outward and visible signs of inward mental disturbance? If idiocy were something more than brain alteration, it followed that an inquiry into the condition of the other organs might establish some correlative change in them. With this object in view, I made a careful investigation into the bodily condition of nearly a thousand feeble-minded
Page 77 - from all circumstances of hereditary disease, resides, ipso facto, a principle of organic vitiation." Commencing the investigation twenty years ago, and continuing it up to the present time, I am able to agree with Dr. Shuttleworth, that if a close scrutiny does not reveal any hereditary weakness, neurotic or otherwise,
Page 215 - Amongst the influences which have been regarded as connected with idiocy, very little attention has been given to that of tuberculosis, and I am not aware that any observations have been made with reference to the connection of these two maladies. Several writers have discussed the relations between insanity and tuberculosis, and have, I think, made it tolerably evident that there is more than an accidental

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