Who First Amputated the Lower Jaw?

1852 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
unless by accident or blunder. That one person should be able to act upon another in this way, is not perhaps more unaccountable than the powers said to be possessed by the electrical eel. A fact worthy to be mentioned, which I noticed in my experiments, was, that in cases where the writing seems to proceed from the inward sentiments, or past knowledge of the medium himself, the hand will frequently write that which he has forgotten, but which he remembers quite well after seeing it written.
more » ... eing it written. But this is hardly more wonderful than the fact that we can rummage over our mental store house, and find ideas that had long been forgotten. The manner in which mental acquisitions are packed away in the brain, and covered up from present view, and the process by which the different items are afterward hunted up, as we see exemplified in our persons every day, cannot be easily explained. A belief that the writings are the work of spirits tends greatly to the perfection of the performance, but is not essential to it. The reason is, it better concentrates the mind on the subject, and excites the nervous system more strongly. Mediums are said, in some instances, to have become insane; which, if
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