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May 22, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(21):1764-1765. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570470048015

The classification and analysis of our sensations meet serious obstacles when we attempt to unravel the nature of those feelings through which a knowledge of the condition of the body and perhaps of ourselves as distinct from the external world is acquired. There is a group of organic sensations of movement and position, of pain, fatigue and less definite sensations of the visceral organs, which furnish subjective information regarding ourselves as things apart from the objects which surround us or the changes which excite our exterior senses. Important as the psychologic significance of these sensations projected into the interior of the body is in the way of entering into and qualifying our judgments, the subject does not lend itself readily to popular discussion. Aside from vague suggestions of ill-defined localities which are furnished by the pain sense, the sensory data derived from the interior of the body are exceedingly meager

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