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The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison


Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment

Rudolf Steiner


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Oscar Wilde


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Mysteries of the vital element in connexion with dreams, somnambulism, trance

by Robert Hanham Collyer

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MYSTEEIES

THE VITAL ELEMENT

IN CONNEXION WITH

DREAMS, SOMNAMBULISM, TRANCE,

VITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, FAITH AND WILL, ANAESTHESIA,

NERVOUS CONGESTION AND CREATIVE FUNCTION.

MODERN SPIRITUALISM EXPLAINED.

EOBEET H. COLLYER, M.D.

REGISTERED BT THE COUNCIL OF MEDICAL EDUCATION.

Original Discoverer of Anaesthesia by the Inhalation of Narcotic and Stimulating Vapours,
Discoverer of Electro-biology, Author of The Physiology of the Brain and Nervous System;
Graduate of the Berkshire Medical College, Massachusetts; Member of the Massachusetts
Medical Society ; formerly Student of the London and Paris Schools of Medicine; late Principal
Physician to the Cholera Hospital, Mexico.

** Divinum est opus sedare dolorum."—Hippocrates.

*' Dr. Collyer, to our minds, is the true modern pioneer, after all—the man who ran first."

Labcbt, June lit ft, 1870.

PREFATORY REMARKS.

In presenting to the medical profession a second edition of " The History of Anaesthetic Discovery," it is with the conviction that it will be received with the same indulgent and liberal spirit which characterized the reception of the first imperfect edition, published in Bruges 1868.

That the development of modern Anaesthesia should have been closely associated with that condition of insensibility induced by the mesmeric process or " nervous congestive state of brain," cannot excite astonishment when it is remembered that the first authentically recorded anaesthetic surgical operation was performed as early as April, 1829, by the eminent French surgeon, Jules Cloquet, who removed the cancerous breast of a lady who had been rendered unconscious, in view of the operation being painless. It was the knowledge of this fact which induced me to repeat in 1841, the nervous congestive or mesmeric comatose state in a child only twenty-two months, so that a fungus, involving the globe of the eye, might be extirpated painlessly. The entire success of this wonderful operation at the time, on a child of such tender age, put the question of producing an anaesthetic state beyond the possibility of a doubt, and encouraged further research. Prior to this, in December, 1839, I had reduced a dislocation of the femur, in a negro who had been rendered anaasthetic by the Inhalation of the vapours from alcohol. In 1835, I, when a student at the London University College, was rendered unconscious by the inhalation of ether, in the chemical lecture room of Dr. Turner.

It was the combination of these facts which eventually led to the discovery of anaesthesia, by the inhalation of narcotic and stimulating vapours. Important documentary evidence confirmatory of the first surgical operation, in December, 1839, and also of the first experiments in producing unconsciousness by " the inhalation of narcotic and stimulatmg vapours," were lost in Mexico in July, 1849, when the author was attacked by banditti in the Sierra Madre Mountains, and in San Francisco, at the great fire of May, 1851. These documents form the basis of the letter published in the Critic, April 10th, 1847 (No. 119), where these words are used:—" Had I not been prevented in consequence of illness, I would long since have visited London with my publications."

The official certificates from the Mexican authorities, attesting to the loss of the documents referred to, are now in my possession, the copy of which will be found in the Appendix.

Sufficient evidence has, however, been preserved to put all contending claims out of court, as the existing documents of 1842 and 1843 antedate all others by several years.


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