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- DescriptionTired Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep.-Young. The regularly recurring incidence of natural sleep forms one of the most important subjects for physiological investigation. Were it an event of rare occurrence, it would excite a degree of astonishment and alarm equal to the agitation w experienced by the spectator of an ordinary attack of syncope or of epileptic convulsion. But, so completely does the recurrence of sleep harmonize with all the other facts of life that we are as indifferent to its nature as we are to every other healthy function of the body. It is only when the mind has undertaken a critical observation of the bodily and mental changes which accompany and condition the phemen that we begin to comprehend its wonderful character. Ushered in by a waning activity of body and mind that effort of the will can long resist, thing could more forcibly suggest the idea of approaching dissolution if, from the very earliest period of unconscious infancy, we had t been accustomed to the dominion of this imperious necessity. The remarkable likeness between the fading of consciousness in sleep and its extinction in death has, in all ages and among all people, arrested the attention of poets and philosophers of every degree. Soft repose, A living semblance of the grave, sang old Thomas Miller; and, describing, in Milton's stately verse, the close of his first day in the garden of Eden, Adam says: Gentle sleep First found me, and with soft oppression seized My drowsy sense, untroubled, though I thought I then was passing to my former state Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve. How wonderful is death, Death and his brother, Sleep! exclaims Shelley, echoing the marvellous strains that have come down to us from the days of Homer and Hesiod. In that venerable literature Sleep and Death are represented as twin brothers, sons of Night; dwelling in the lower world of spirits, whence they come forth to perform the will of the Olympian Gods. The prosaic genius of our scientific generation longer tolerates such lively exercise of the imagination. The splendid anthropomorphism of the Hebrew poet, looking out upon the silent night, and cheering his soul with the sorous exclamation, Behold, he that keepeth Israel Shall neither slumber r sleep ----- For so he giveth his beloved sleep, has become a mere memory of childhood. Wordsworth understood the full significance of this change when he wrote: There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is t w as it has been of yore; Turn whereso'er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen I w can see more! ... I kw, where'er I go, That there has passed away a glory from the earth. If, however, despite the loss of much that was beautiful and attractive in the myths of antiquity, we take advantage of the Years that bring the philosophic mind, we shall surely find in the scientific investigation of sleep eugh to awaken thoughts too deep for words.
- Author BiographyHenry M. Lyman was born in Hawaii and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1861. He moved to Chicago in 1863 and became Professor of Physiology and Nervous System Diseases at Rush Medical College in 1876. Allied closer to general medicine than psychiatry, Lyman authored Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Medicine (1892) and was instrumental in separating neurology from psychiatry in Chicago. This eminent Chicago physician, whose fame as a practitioner, lecturer and author is co-extensive with the continents, is of English ancestry, and first saw the light in the (then) Kingdom of Hawaii, having been born at Hilo, November 26, 1835. The Lyman line may be traced, in an unbroken line, to the days of the Saxon Harold and the Earl Godwin. The first American progenitor of the family of whom any authentic record had been preserved was named Richard Lyman, whom religious intolerance drove from the land of his birth in 1632. He crossed the Atlantic from Old to New England.
- Author(s)Henry M Lyman M D
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication09/08/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectFamily & Health: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Out-of-print date20/04/2017
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight336 g
- Width216 mm
- Height280 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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