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A PRINCE OF NEUROTICS : AELIUS ARISTIDES

sailors insisted on leaving Patrae at the very equinox, though I was reluctant and protested from the first : and all the time my chest and the rest of me got yet worse. ... At last with difficulty we reached Miletus, and making our way by degrees arrived at SmyrnL, beyond all our hopes. The doctors and trainers collected and could do nothing for me, nor could they diagnose the complicated character of my illness. However, they so far agreed as to take me to the hot springs, since I could not stand the air of the city.
We shall now see something of the treatment of nervous complaints in antiquity, and for this must imagine a temple of Asclepius such as Pater has described in the third chapter of Mayius the Epicurean. The patients slept in the precinctsthis is called incubation'-and the treatment was based on their dreams, which Asclepius was supposed to have inspired. The method seems hazardous, but dreams admit of many constructions, and the attendants, tactful men used to the work, guided the patient in his interpretation. Thus, when Aristides dreamed that 120 litres of blood were to be taken from his elbow the attendants assured him that only once before had they heard of such an amount being prescribed, and while the sophist had the pleasure of reflecting on the uniqueness of his case, the operation was conveniently interrupted by a dream that he should take a bath in the Caicus. The following extracts give a glimpse of these 'incubations' and of some typical dreams and their interpretation :
THE doctors were greatly puzzled, and unable to do me any good, or even to diagnose my illness. The most distressing and baffling symptom was a complete loss of breath. After the greatest efforts and despair I would get my breath again with difficulty and struggling and relief. There ensued continuous choking in the throat, the muscles were con tracted and I wanted heavier coverings than I could bear. I suffered other unspeakable agonies besides. It was decided
that I should take hot baths, to see if I could get a little ease and tolerate the open air better ; for it was winter and the

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