Ancient Shock Treatments for Mental Health — SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

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Celsus, On Medicine, 3.21-23 “If [the patient] is sick with an insane mind, he should be treated well with certain torments. When he does or says anything troubling, he must be corrected with starvation, chains, and beating. He must be forced to pay attention, to learn something, and to keep it in his memory. He […]

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The Magic Words of Healing — SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

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Pliny the Elder, Natural History, 28.21-22 “It is not easy to explain whether foreign and unrepeatable words undermine our confidence more than uncommon Latin ones which our mind makes seem ridiculous since it is always casting about for something huge and strong enough to move a god, that is, something to force the mind’s will […]

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