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Experts and Authority Figures

Toxic Psalms



Just in case you can't discern the merits or purpose of this piece on your own, here is The New York Times to explain it all for you.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 12, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Experts and Authority Figures, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Avant Garde, Dance, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Causes of Lunacy

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I love these reasons for being committed to the lunatic asylum, as given in this report for the year 1836.

"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."

And almost thirty years later, many of the "causes" were still present, as seen below in this report for the year 1891.

Browse through more reports here.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 16, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Experts and Authority Figures, Nineteenth Century, Brain Damage




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