《The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat》的笔记-第1页
- 章节名：Part II
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PART II Excess10 Tourette's 11 Cupid diseaseThere may be an immense latent period between the primary infection and the advent of neurosyphilis, especially if the primary infection has been suppressed, not eradicated. I had one patient, treated with Salvarsan by Ehrlich himself, who developed tabes dorsalis—one form of neurosyphilis—more than fifty years later.What a paradox, what a cruelty, what an irony, there is here— that inner life and imagination may lie dull and dormant unless released, awakened, by an intoxication or disease!Precisely this paradox lay at the heart of Awakenings; it is responsible too for the seduction of Tourette’s (see Chapters Ten and Fourteen) and, no doubt, for the peculiar uncertainty which may attach to a drug like cocaine (which is known, like L-Dopa, or Tourette’s, to raise the brain’s dopamine). Thus Freud’s startling comment about cocaine, that the sense of well-being and euphoria it induces ‘. . . in no way differs from the normal euphoria of the healthy person ... In other words, you are simply normal, and it is soon hard to believe that you are under the influence of any drug’.The same paradoxical valuation may attach to electrical stimulations of the brain: there are epilepsies which are exciting and addictive—and may be self-induced, repeatedly, by those who are prone to them (as rats, with implanted cerebral electrodes, compulsively stimulate the ‘pleasure-centers’ of their “own brain); but there are other epilepsies which bring peace and genuine well-being. A wellness can be genuine even if caused by an illness. And such a paradoxical wellness may even confer a lasting benefit. 12 A matter of IdentityWhat is it like for Mr Thompson? Superficially, he comes over as an ebullient comic. People say, ‘He’s a riot.’ And there is much that is farcical in such a situation, which might form the basis of a comic novel. It is comic, but not just comic—it is terrible as well. For here is a man who, in some sense, is desperate, in a frenzy. The world keeps disappearing, losing meaning, vanishing—and he must seek meaning, make meaning, in a desperate way, continually inventing, throwing bridges of meaning over abysses of meaninglessness, the chaos that yawns continually beneath him.
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PART I Losses 1 The man mistook his wife for a hat He also appeared to have decided ...
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