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Does Mania include two distinct varieties of Insanity, and should it be Sub-divided?

  • George M. Robertson (a1)

The first difficulty one meets with in deciding these points is in knowing exactly what is meant by mania. Pinel's definition of mania† was insanity, marked “by a strong nervous excitement” of the mind and body, “accompanied by lesions of one or more of the functions of the understanding.” † Melancholia was distinguished from it, by there being “no propensity to acts of violence,” and by the insanity being “exclusively upon one subject.”§

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* Paper read at the Quarterly Meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, held at Manchester, March 13th, 1890.
His Manie avec Delire.
Pinel, , “Treatise on Insanity,” translated by Davis, , p. 159.
§ Ibid., p. 149.
Varieties of Insanity.
* Esquirol, , “Maladies Mentales,” p. 22.
Or Lypemanie.
Esquirol, , “Maladies Mentales,” Vol. 1, p. 404.
§ Griesinger, , “Mental Diseases,” p. 298.
* Ibid., p. 51.
* Lewis, Bevan, “Mental Diseases,” p. 163.
* Chiaruggi, , quoted by Prichard, , Treatise, , etc., p. 76.
Savage, , “Insanity,” p. 384.
Chiarnggi, , op. cit.
§ Bucknill, and Tuke, , op. cit., p. 295.
* Op. cit., Vol. 2., p. 157.
The Amenomania of Rush, recognized as a distinct type by Bucknill, and Take, , p. 234.
Esquirol, , op. cit., Vol. 2., p. 6.
* Op. cit., p. 319.
Op. cit., p. 207
* Op. cit., p. 293.
Op. cit., Vol. 2., p. 134.
“Lectures on Insanity,” p. 172.
§ “Treatise on Insanity,” p. 26.
Op. cit., Vol. 1., p. 22.
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Does Mania include two distinct varieties of Insanity, and should it be Sub-divided?

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