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By Dale Peterson

ISBN-10: 0822934442

ISBN-13: 9780822934448

A guy desperately attempts to maintain his pact with the satan, a girl is imprisoned in an insane asylum via her husband as a result of spiritual changes, and, at the testimony of an insignificant stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a personal madhouse. This anthology of writings via mad and allegedly mad humans is a entire evaluate of the heritage of psychological ailment for the earlier years-from the point of view of the sufferers themselves.

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P. 33. 3 Haizmann' s narrative of demonic possession is the sole account we shall consider in which the central figure was not thought to be mad at, or soon after, the time of the experience. " Haizmann made the following confession. Almost nine years earlier, while despondent over the death of his father, and troubled about his career as an artist, Haizmann met the Devil in a forest, disguised as a respectable old man. The Devil offered to help him in his life, provided that he would give the Devil power over his soul after nine years.

Private madhouse may have existed in Wiltshire in 1615, perhaps earlier. The . Reverend George Trosse was kept in a private madhouse in 1656. 3 4A The London-Citizen Exceedingly Injured 41 In Clerkenwell Close ... liveth one who by the blessing of God cures all Lunatick, distracted, or mad people; he seldom exceeds three months in the cure of the Maddest person that comes in his house; several have been cured in a fortnight and some in less time; he has cured several from Bedlam, and other mad-houses in and about the city, and has conveniency for people of what quality soever.

First the priest prays to himself, to gather his own strength and confidence. " Having spoken that command, the priest places his crucifix upon the forehead of the possessed, then upon the heart, and again upon the forehead, stating that the power to heal the possessed comes not from any earthly source, but from God above. 2 Christoph Haizmann was a painter, a native of Bavaria, staying for a time in the Seignory of Pottenbrunn, near Vienna. On August 29, 1677, while attending church, Haizmann was seized by what a clerical witness described as "certain unnatural convulsions.

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