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We're at the cusp of a interpreting revolution. more and more, study is uncovering an intimate connection among examining and well being. The possible uncomplicated act of being learn to brings notable future health and happiness merits. It stimulates suggestion and reminiscence, encourages the sharing of principles and emotions, hopes and fears. It enriches our lives and minds. This special e-book bargains a range of prose and poetry specifically appropriate for studying aloud -- for your husband or spouse, a in poor health guardian or baby, an aged relative. With brief introductions and dialogue subject matters for every piece there's whatever the following for everybody -- from Shakespeare and Black good looks to Elizabeth Jennings and Bruce Chatwin. All royalties in complete will visit The Reader organization, the prime united kingdom charity for interpreting and health.

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Only one text from the 18th century has been chosen, namely the one from AndrCs Piquer y Arrufat. The remainder of the texts are distributed in two equal parts between authors born in the 19th century, mainly representing those from the Madrid and Barcelona schools who have contributed to the development of modern Spanish psychiatry, from Mariano Cubi i Soler to E. Mira y Lbpez, and authors of the 20th century who came from other national schools, from Ram6n Sarro Burbano to M. Cabaleiro Goas. Some of them spent part of their lifetime in exile in Europe and Latin American, from where they continued to contribute to the birth and development of Spanish psychiatry.

Yet no philosopher doth know determinedly how to assign each to each ingenuity. Heraclitus said: splendor, siccus, animus sapientissimus, by which sentence he giveth us to understand that dryness is a cause of man being very wise; yet he did not declare what manner of wisdom. Likewise did Plato understand when he did say that our spirit came into the body greatly wise, and for the great quantity of humidity found therein 'twas made clumsy and slow; but this being expended with age and acquiring dryness, doth discover the wisdom it did formerly possess.

Also, of the humors that we possess, none there be so cold and dry as Melancholy: & all those men distinguished in letters there have been in the world, sayeth Aristotle, were melancholic. Finally, all do convene in that dryness maketh a man very wise: yet declare not which of the powers of reason be by this most aided. The prophet Isaiah gave name to it, when he did say vexatio dat intellecturn. For Sadness and Affliction do expend and consume, not only the humidity of the brain, but the bones do dry: which quality doth make the understanding to be more acute and perspicacious.

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