It will perhaps be said, and truly felt, that the following is a morbid book. No doubt the subject is a morbid
one, because the book deliberately gives a picture of a diseased spirit. But a pathological treatise, dealing with
cancer or paralysis, is not necessarily morbid, though it may be studied in a morbid mood. We have learnt of
late years, to our gain and profit, to think and speak of bodily ailments as natural phenomena, not to slur over
them and hide them away in attics and bedrooms. We no longer think of insanity as demoniacal possession,
and we no longer immure people...