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By Diarmuid Jeffreys

In the course of the global we pop greater than 2 hundred billion of those little white drugs each year. Aspirin is valuable not just opposed to daily diseases, reminiscent of complications and fever, but additionally as a preventative therapy for middle assaults, strokes, or even a few different types of cancers. upload to this its beneficiary function in a bunch of different stipulations from Alzheimer's to gum ailment, and you've got a drugs of extraordinary value to humanity, let alone giant enterprise. but till 1971 we didn't even understand how Aspirin labored. during this interesting and informative ebook Diarmuid Jeffreys follows the amazing and dramatic tale of the drug from its origins in historical Egypt, via its business improvement on the finish of the 19th century and its key position within the nice flu pandemic of 1918 to its next exploitation via the pharmaceutical conglomerates.

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Reproduced by courtesy of Dr. Lyle and Dr. Rioux. S. ) [Reference p. ] Fig. 6 . — A case of hysterical pseudocyesis (patient of C a p t . N . N . Sinha, I . A . M . C . ) . T h e patient had deserted when his wife was pregnant; later apprehended and returned to the A r m y , when he suffered swelling of the abdomen. T h e swelling was reduced under pentothal narcosis. [Reference p. ] A Β Fig. —A case of conversion hysteria in an American soldier. O n admission to hospital the patient emphasized his inability to perform his duties because of paralysis of the right hand.

Here again on the basis of our knowledge of the psychology of women, we can make out certain common difficulties. T h e patient's rebelliousness was an expression of her protest against the passive-feminine role in life, of her desire to be a tomboy. Penis envy, and the defence measures to compensate and overcome it, occupy an important place in the unconscious psychic life of women (Freud, 1933d). It might be mentioned too that eyes do not only serve to guide our footsteps, but are also at the service of the sexual *lust of the eye' (Freud, 1933d).

In hysteria we have seen that there is disturbance in the process of repression. T o sum u p : in the subjects of hysteria, the fixation is on an infantile love object at the phase which most nearly corresponds to the genital sexual life of the adult, and the most important defensive technique is that of repression. In the illness itself, regression to the characteristic point of infantile fixation in the instinctual life occurs and the defensive formations are disturbed. Lastly here, a few words in regard to aggression.

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