Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

ISBN-10: 094032220X

ISBN-13: 9780940322202

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

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This highly unusual account of someone reporting from the other side of sanity has established itself as a key text for students of psychology and modern social and cultural history. It was written whilst the author was in Sonnenstein Public Asylum.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 1/31/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Peter Vronsky is an investigative journalist and a producer of documentary films for television. His work has appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, MTV, CNN, and various international channels.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
Open letter to Professor Flechsig
God and Immortality
Crisis in God's realms? Soul murder
(Not printed)
Personal experiences during the first and the beginning of the second nervous illness
Continuation. Nerve-language (inner voices). Compulsive thinking. Unmanning under certain circumstances a postulate of the Order of the World
Personal experiences continued. Visions. "Seer of spirits"
Personal experiences continued; peculiar manifestations of illness. Visions
Personal experiences while in Dr. Pierson's Asylum. "Tested souls"
Transfer to Sonnenstein. Changes in the contact with rays. "The writing-down-system"; "Tying-to-celestial-bodies"
Personal experiences at Sonnenstein. "Interferences" accompanying contact with the rays. "Creation of a false feeling"
Bodily integrity damaged by miracles
Content of the voices' talk. "Soul-conception." Soul-language. Continuation of personal experiences
The soul's state of Blessedness as a factor in attraction. Consequences thereof
"Tested souls"; their fate. Personal experiences continued
"Play-with-human-beings" and "Miracles." Cries of help. Talking birds
Compulsive thinking. Its effects and manifestation
Continuation of the above; "Picturing" in the sense of the soul-language
God and the processes of creation; spontaneous generation; insects created by miracles. "Direction of gaze." System-of-examination
Continuation of the above. God's omnipotence and man's freedom of will
Egocentricity of the rays regarding my person. Further developments of personal affairs
Blessedness and voluptuousness in their mutual relation. Consequences of this relation for personal behavior
Final considerations. Future prospects
First Series
Relation of divine and human intelligence
The nature of God manifested through nerve-contact
Final considerations; Miscellaneous
Second Series
Essay: "In what circumstances can a person considered insane be detained in an Asylum against his declared will?"
Second Postscript
Addenda: Documents from the Court Proceedings Placing Me Under Tutelage
Medical expert's report to the Court of 9th December 1899 by Dr. Weber
Dr. Weber's report as County and Asylum Medical Officer of 28th November 1900
Grounds of appeal
Dr. Weber's expert report of 5th April 1902
Judgment of the Royal Superior Country Court of Dresden of 14th July 1902
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