Friday, 23 October, 1829

I have visited a young man today who has set in the house nearly eighteen months. He has been disordered in the digestive functions and has become so convinced that he cannot move, that he will not try. The best remedy he could have applied is left to his own resources and hunger would force some kind of movement which would be of more advantage than all the medicine. I can administer a few pills which will suffice for him.