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of two, rich in the curiosity and expanding friendliness of that time of life, who became sick with diphtheria.
All his basic moods became altered, and all his wholesome reactions to life disappeared. He was cross and
contrary, he had no interest in people or in things, he acted very much as do those patients in an insane
hospital who suffer from Dementia Praecox. What is character if it is not interest and curiosity, friendliness
and love, obedience and trust, cheerfulness and courage? Yet a sick child, especially if very young, loses all
these and takes on the reverse characters. The little lad spoken of became "himself" again when the fever and
the pain lifted. Yet for a long time afterward he showed a greater liability to fear than before, and it was not
until six months or more had repaired the more subtle damage to his organism that he became the hardy little
adventurer in life that he had been before the illness.
There is plenty of chemical proof of this thesis as here set forth. Men have from time immemorial put things
"in their bellies to steal their brains away." The chemical substance known as ethyl alcohol has been an
artificial basis of good fellowship the world over, as well as furnishing a very fair share of the tragedy, the
misery and the humor of the world. This is because, when ingested in any amount, its absorption produces
changes in the flow of thought, in the attitude toward life, in the mood, the emotions, the purposes, the
conduct,--in a word, in character. One sees the austere man, when drunk, become ribald; the repressed,
close-fisted become open-mouthed and open-hearted; the kindly, perhaps brutal; the controlled, uncontrolled.
In the change of character it effects is the regret over its passing and the greatest reason for prohibition.
Alcohol causes several well-defined mental diseases as well as mere drunkenness. In Delirium Tremens there
is an acute delirium, with confusion, excitement and auditory and visual hallucinations of all kinds. The latter
symptom is so prominent as to give the reaso...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University.
- Spring '11