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November 15, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(20):1602-1603. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660200054023

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The Brain of Anatole France  The family of Anatole France hesitated at first to give the necessary authorization for the anatomic examination of the brain of the eminent writer. Some regarded such an action as desecration. Others, on the other hand, regarded the request as an exceptional honor, since the brains of only famous men are thus examined, reference being made, in this connection, to Goethe, Lamartine, Victor Hugo and Gambetta. The family finally took the latter view of the matter, and the necessary permission was given. Dr. Guillaume, to whom the examination of the brain was entrusted, emphasized the great scientific interest associated with the study of such a brain. Unfortunately, the family is unwilling for him to publish his findings. Dr. Guillaume has therefore confined himself, for the present, to the statement that, with respect to the amplitude, the number and the delicateness of the convolutions, the brain

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