"Repelled eruption" confused me, until I found this sentence from a text of the same era: "If the insanity succeeds the suppression of a cutaneous disease, of a fetter, an erysipelas, or any other repelled eruption, vesicatories are the means, par excellence : they are preferably applied upon the place where the disease at first existed."
The possibility of communicating with severely brain damaged patients with the use of brain scans has become reality. Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging or FMRI doctors were able to get answers to yes or no questions by asking apparently vegetative patients to think of playing tennis or walking around the house. Those 2 activities, when thought of, cause activity in different parts of the brain. One for yes and the other for no allowed one patient who has been in a vegetative state for 12 years to indicated he was not in pain and that he was aware he has a 7 year old niece. What a wonderful gift for these people and their families. Also, what great potential to help ALS and other paralyzed patients to communicate.