Universal Alliance for the Depression of Animal Spirits and Encouragement of Gloom
Psychology, Physiology, Mental Illness
Describes the proposal to form a 'Universal Alliance for the Depression of Animal Spirits and Encouragement of Gloom', an organisation which aims 'to repel hilarity and give the jocund glow a check'. While supporting its views on evidence of the 'evils' of high spirits, admits cases of 'quinsy cured by the exercise of the risible muscles', but insists that only free members of the alliance should be allowed to take a joke 'medicinally'.
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