As we have indicated in a preceding paper1 on the brain-liver weight ratio in epilepsy, our attention was first invited to this subject by the articles of Myerson2 and Thom,3 each of whom has reported a series of cases in which he has found an abnormal relationship between the weight of the brain and that of the liver in this condition. Although the points of view and the results of these investigators have already been indicated in the preceding article, it seems desirable to repeat them briefly.
In 1914, Myerson studied a group of twenty selected epileptic persons, ranging in age from 25 to 40 years; all were well nourished and "died of sudden diseases." The cases were chosen to eliminate, as far as possible, such factors as tuberculosis, diarrhea and emaciation. Most of the patients died from suffocation, acute lobar pneumonia, edema of the lungs and