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  • n. Plural form of catalepsy.


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  • References to the frenzied behavior of mental patients found in Hippocrates 'Epidemics books 1 and III, Plato's Phaedrus and other early writings almost certainly referred to infective states and not what we mean by bipolar disorder infective disorders with high fevers, hysteria, postpartum manias, catalepsies and melancholies developing into manias, he writes.

    Is A Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis the Latest Mania?

  • We have heard of trances, catalepsies, which simulate death so closely that even physicians are deceived.

    The Grey Room

  • Sudden outcries, hysteric weeping and laughter, faintings, catalepsies, trances, were customary concomitants of the revival preaching.

    A History of American Christianity

  • Many ministers who became his pupils treated like him with skillful combination of religion and hypnoid influences the spasms, catalepsies, neurasthenias, paralysis, and deafness, of neurotic patients.


  • No more pain -- that is, dismissal of lancet and bitter draught and miasma, and banishment of neuralgias and catalepsies and consumptions.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

  • When we get there Byronism is back -- nay, its papa and mamma, Lewisism and Radcliffism, are back also -- with their cardboard turrets and precipices and grottos; their pine-woods reminding one of the little bristly green things, on round cinnamon-coloured bases, of one's youth; their floods and falls so obviously supplied at so much a thousand gallons by the nearest water company, and their mystery-men and dwarfs and catalepsies and all the rest of the weary old "tremblement."

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century


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