Medical men have now begun to affirm, what the Mental Healers and the Christian Scientists have long since claimed, that anger is as injurious to the body of the man who gives way to it as a poison would be. An English medical journal says that anger serves the unhappy mortal who indulges it much as the habitual use of intoxicants does the inebriate, growing finally into a disease which has various and terrible results. Sir Richard Quain is authority for saying that "he is a man very rich indeed in physical power who can afford to be angry." This is true. Every time a man becomes white or red with anger he is in danger of his life. The heart and brain are the organs mostly affected when fits of passion are indulged in. Not only does anger cause partial paralysis of the small blood-vessels, but the heart's action becomes intermittent—that is, every now and then it drops a beat, much the same as is experienced by excessive smokers. This is a proof of the evil results of an ugly passion which it well becomes one to heed. It is probably more easily demonstrable to the generality of men than the converse of the proposition—that the kindly, the gentle, and the beautiful emotions are all beneficial to the human frame. A good thought carries a cure in itself. Mr. James Lane Allen somewhere tells us that "Years upon years of true thoughts, like ceaseless music shut up within, will vibrate along the lines of expression until the lines of the living instrument are drawn into correspondence, and the harmonies of the living instrument match the harmonies of the mind."

Harper's Bazar

October 13, 1898

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