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November 29, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(22):612-613. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390710024008

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Paris, November 7th, 1884.

Dr. Régis, of Bordeaux, read a very interesting paper at the meeting of the Association Française pour l'avancement des Sciences, lately held at Blois, on the heredity of general paralysis. During a service of three years as interne at the Sainte-Anne Asylum, 318 cases of general paralysis were brought under the author's notice, and the following are the conclusions taken from his observations: Mental disorder or insanity is almost never found amongst the ancestors of a patient suffering from general paralysis, whereas cerebral affections are frequent. This immunity is found equally among the descendants of general paralytics. These descendants are, in general, normally constituted, and if there is anything remarkable about them, it is their superior intelligence rather than their intellectual or mental inferiority. The comparative study of heredity in general paralysis and in insanity teaches that, contrary to the opinion of some authors, these two

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