Hack Tuke, Daniel – Sickness - Epilepsy induced by powerful emotions – grief
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As described in Illustrations Of The Influence Of The Mind Upon The Body In Health And Disease, Designed To Elucidate The Action Of The Imagination - Daniel Hack Tuke, M.D., M.R.C.P.,
PART II. THE EMOTIONS.
CHAPTER VIII. INFLUENCE OF THE EMOTIONS UPON THE VOLUNTARY MUSCLES.
SECTION II. — Irregular and Excessive Muscular Contraction : Spasms and Convulsions.
A boy, set. 11, lost his mother. The wound made so deep an impression upon him that he was seized with epileptic convulsions. He was 17 when he was placed under treatment at the hospital, and it was found that on the accession of every fit, which had been of frequent occurrence during the six years, this painful circumstance invariably recurred to his mind. "I am seized through my thoughts," he used to say, and he explained to his medical attendants that his thoughts were always the same, and had constant reference to his loss (Trousseau's Clinical Medicine. Translated for the New Sydenham Society by Dr. Bazire. 4 vols. 1868, p. 71).