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Fasting Girls: Their Physiology and Pathology


BY THE SAME AUTHOR.
CEREBRAL HYPERᅥMIA: the Result of Mental Strain or Emotional Disturbances. 16mo, cloth ... $1 00
"Under the disguise of these hard words, Dr. Hammond presents a variety of admirable counsels, with regard to an excess of blood in the head, pointing out its causes, its
symptoms, the mode of its medical treatment, and the means of its prevention."—N. Y. Tribune.
"The work is not only of interest to the medical man, but also is one easily understood and to be read with profit by brain-workers of all classes, whether in profession, in
literature or business. It treats of the cause of headaches, the wakefulness, the illusions or delusions, and feelings of tightness in the head, which so many of our American
writers and thinkers experience, and it gives valuable information available by laymen as to the prevention and remedy for this affection, which later on leads to insanity or
death."—Boston Traveller.
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS, Publishers, NEW YORK.
FASTING GIRLS;
THEIR PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY
BY
WILLIAM A. HAMMOND, M.D.
PROFESSOR OF DISEASES OF THE MIND AND NERVOUS SYSTEM IN THE
MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE CITY OF
NEW YORK, AND IN THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT. ETC.
"There is no new thing under the Sun."
—Eccl. I, 9.
"Nil spernat auris, nec tamen credat statim."
—Ph₩drus.
NEW YORK
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS
182 FIFTH AVENUE
1879
Copyright by
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS.
1879.
Transcriber's Note: Hyphenation and punctuation have been standardised. Variant spellings have been retained.
Greek text appears with a mouse-hover transliteration, e.g., ʒʹʲʻʿ˂.
PREFACE.
In issuing this little book I have been actuated by a desire to do something towards the removal of a lamentable degree of
popular ignorance.
It seems that no proposition that can be made is so absurd or impossible but that many people, ordinarily regarded as
intelligent, will be found to accept it and to aid in its propagation. And hence, when it is asserted that a young lady has
lived for fourteen years without food of any kind, hundreds and thousands of persons throughout the length and breadth
of a civilized land at once yield their belief to the monstrous declaration.
I have confined my remarks entirely to the question of abstinence from food. The other supernatural gifts, the possession
of which is claimed, would, if considered, have extended the limits of this little volume beyond the bounds which were
deemed expedient. At some future time I may be tempted to discuss them. In the meantime it is well to call to mind that a
proposition (see Appendix) which I made solely in the interest of truth was disregarded, ostensibly with the desire to
avoid publicity, when in fact the daily press had for weeks been filled with reports in detail, furnished by the friends of the
young lady in question, of the marvellous powers she was said to possess.
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