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May 18, 1912

The Brain of the Late Dr. John Herr Musser

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia, President of the American Anthropometric Society.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(20):1524. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050200019

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To the Editor:  —After the death of Dr. John Herr Musser, a number of absurd statements appeared in the lay press in regard to the weight of his brain. Believing it to be only just to the memory of our distinguished and beloved colleague, I place in your possession the following facts which have just been communicated to me by Dr. Edward Anthony Spitzka, the prosector of the American Anthropometric Society, of which Dr. Musser was a member.The brain was removed by Dr. Milton J. Greenman. Dr. Greenman stated that he did not weigh the brain, but placed it in a 10 per cent, dilution of liquor formaldehydi in which it remained for three weeks and that it was then transferred to 60 per cent. alcohol. On May 11, the brain was transferred by Dr. Greenman to the care of Dr. Spitzka. The latter furnishes the following preliminary report:

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