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July 7, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(1):37. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210010037002a

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Patient.  —Mr. C. B., aged 42, died of meningitis, secondary to a chronic purulent otitis media. He was six feet two inches tall, weighed about 180 pounds, and was a lawyer by profession.

Autopsy.  —The autopsy, performed five hours after death, by Dr. Corbett, showed a thick fibrinous exudate at the base of the brain which extended upward over the convex surface to and along the longitudinal fissure, the infection having entered the cranial cavity along the facial nerve.The cord was cut at the foramen magnum. Without the dura the brain weighed 73 ounces (2,069 gms.). It was hardened in a 4 per cent. solution of formalin, and at the end of ten months weighed exactly 2,000 gms. (70.5 ounces). The cerebrum measured 19 em. in its anteroposterior diameter, 12 cm. vertically, and 14.5 cm. in the horizontal diameter.The average weight of the human brain, according to Quain,

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