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November 8, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(19):530-531. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390680026011

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Paris, October 17, 1884.

Dr. Magnan, physician to the "Hospice Sainte Anne" (asylum for lunatics), lately delivered a very interesting clinical lecture on the various forms or which he endeavored to show that anti-vivisectionists belonged to this interesting class of lunatics. He stated that the too ardent zeal displayed by anti-vivisectionists was a proof that their brains were weak and not properly balanced, that being of nervous temperaments, their conceptions, however just they may seem, are yet simply the precursory manifestations of incipient monomania. We have hitherto observed the insanity of financiers, speculators, and inventors, which consists of extravagant ideas of grandeur, of possessing large fortunes which did not in reality belong to them. In alcoholic subjects it is the delirium of persecution, whereas in anti-vivisectionists the monomania is quite of a different character, and may be considered a new type, as it is only within the last ten or

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