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Tissot – Fear as a determining cause of St. Vitus's dance

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026084

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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.

Fear, in the form of a vivid dream, has produced spasmodic action of the muscles. The case of a peasant is related by Tissot, who having dreamed that a snake had coiled itself round his arms, started out of sleep much terrified, and was afterwards subject to spasmodic movement of the arm, sometimes lasting for an hour at the time, and returning frequently in the course of the day (De 1 'Imagination. By J. B. Demangeon. 1829).

The source of the experience

Hack Tuke, Daniel

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