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A Case of Remarkable Morbid Sensory Phenomena of an Explosive or Epileptiform Character, the result of Old Injuries to the Head

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W. C., æt. 65, was admitted into the Enniscorthy Asylum on 7th March, 1890, said to he suffering from chronic mania, believed to he the result of injuries to the head. His career was interesting from other points of view besides the medical. Commencing life as a bare-footed lad in a little village on the Wexford coast, and showing, I presume, some talent and intelligence, he was taken up by a nobleman in the neighbourhood, given some education and sent to sea. Within 13 years he was commander of a ship in the merchant service, where he achieved rapid promotion, and being an able captain and skilful navigator, he was employed by the British Government to bring out troops both to the Crimea and to India during the Mutiny, where he was a witness of many stirring scenes. Having retired from active seafaring he was made a surveyor of ships in Liverpool. Some seven or eight years previous to his admission, when inspecting a ship, he met with a terrible accident, having fallen several feet down a hatchway on his head, and was taken up unconscious and to all appearance dead. He recovered, however, after some months, but from that time he began to develop some extraordinary notions and eccentricities of conduct, squandered some £2,000 or £3,000 he had saved, and took to drink. Finally, when he had reduced himself to an almost penniless condition, some of his extravagant freaks brought him under the notice of the police, by whom he was arrested, and subsequently sentenced to a short period of imprisonment in Wexford Gaol, from whence he was transferred to the asylum as insane.

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Paper read at the Irish Divisional Meeting held in Cork, October, 1894.

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