This case, of Mrs. B—, æt. 42 years, was under observation for over three years. She early showed a curious disposition to be influenced by meteorological variations. She was sent to the asylum at the age of thirty-two years, where she remained for over eight years. Suffering with circular insanity, at first her lucid periods were much in excess of the periods of excitement, but the former became shorter, and the latter proportionately longer, as time went on. One feature of the patient's disposition was her keen observation of her dreams, which she was fond of interpreting. The authors, as the result of many experiments, were satisfied that her interpretation was often correct, and of useful import in prognosis. The nature of the indicating dreams varied according as they announced a period of excitement, one of depression, or a period of calm. (1) With dreams announcing a period of excitement, this condition usually came on suddenly not less than thirty-six hours after it had been foretold. The dream was usually in character like a nightmare with feelings of being choked, strangled, violently handled. (2) In the case of dreams announcing a period of depression, the patient thought she did not exist, that she was a child, that her senses were restricted, that she was unable to move, etc. Her awakening was slow, and followed by some hours (eighteen to thirty-two) of indecision, when the period of depression began. (3) As regards dreams foretelling a period of calm, a correct result was less frequent, in six only out of fourteen of observations; the dreams were less characteristic. In a fourth set of observations the patient exhibited dreams foretelling a continuance of her then present mental condition—the particular period in her circular insanity being prolonged beyond its usual duration.
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