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April 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):790-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680042022

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In this book we have an interesting physiologic or psychologic study of the emotion of fear. The contents are as follow:

"How the brain works; reflex actions and functions of the spinal cord; the brain; the circulation of the blood in the brain during emotion; pallor and blushing; the beating of the heart; respiration and oppression; trembling; the expression of the face; the expression of the forehead and eye; the physiognomy of pain; a few phenomena characteristic of fear; fear in children; dreams; fright and terror; maladies produced by fear; hereditary transmission; education." The Italian style has been so faithfully preserved by the translators that it makes quaint though very elegant English. We quote a sample from page 213:

"A Few Phenomena Characteristic of Fear.—The edifice of the human body may be compared by those studying its chemical properties to a vast manufactory of which every corner and every

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