HERE, is another chronic affection of the brain, without fever, in which the sensibility, the intellect, and the will, are all weakened. Demented persons have not the power to concentrate their minds on anything, and can form no correct notions of objects. Their ideas float after each other without connection or meaning. They speak without any consciousness of what they are saying.
Many of them have lost their memory, or, like old persons, they remember nothing recent, forgetting in a moment what is just said or done.
The demented have neither desires nor aversions; neither hatred nor love. To those once most dear to them, they are totally indifferent. They meet friends long absent without emotion, and part from their dearest ones without a pang. The events of life passing around them awaken in them no interest, because they can connect themselves neither with the past nor the future; they have no remembrances nor hopes. Their brain is inactive; it furnishes no ideas or sensations. They are no longer active, but passive beings; they determine nothing, but yield themselves to the will of others.
They have a pale face, a dull eye, moistened with tears, an uncertain look, and a physiognomy without expression. They sleep profoundly, and for a long time, and have a voracious appetite.
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