Can We Be Sure Of Mortality?; A Lawyer's Brief

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byWilliam Atwell Cheney

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...less pain as a result. The act of swallowing is automatically performed by the muscles of the esophagus, and I am unconscious of their movements under ordinary circumstances, yet if I pay attention to the act of swallowing and attempt to analyze the process, I shall find it exceedingly difficult to resist the desire to expel the food or liquid which I am attempting to swallow; there is pain. Pam is only possible when there is a degree of generalization on the part of consciousness. If the disturbance of the automatic process is sufficient to centralize the entire consciousness of the unit of force, unconsciousness results, and we find an evidence of this in the fact that the individual succumbs at a certain point and syncope or fainting results. If the consciousness be withdrawn by artificial helps, from generalization, as in the administration of anassthetics, there is no pain, and in true sleep, however induced, whether naturally or by hypnotic suggestion, there is no pain. From this position we should not say "consciousness of pain," but "consciousness is pain." To attempt to explain the absence of pain in such a state by merely saying the individual is unconscious is to give but half an explanation. It appears more probable that the individual cannot carry the weight of such a centralization of consciousness, and hence there is an inhibition of the connectivities between the sense organs and the cerebrum. A man suffering severe pain, and who at the same time is in the condition which we usually call conscious, has but a feeble power to generalize. He exhibits a disposition to avoid conversation; he cannot read with profit; he is unfitted for business, and there is a general incapacity for thought; consciousness is otherwise engaged; it is...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...less pain as a result. The act of swallowing is automatically performed by the muscles of the esophagus, and I am uncon...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217454445

ISBN - 13:9780217454445

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