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November 9, 1889

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(19):683-684. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401150033012

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Some Interesting Facts about the Brain—Poisoning by Arsenic—The Overcrowding of the Medical Profession—Statistics of Admission to Scottish Lunatic Asylums—The Mode of Treatment at Aix les Bains—The Anglo-American Vienna Medical Association—Miscellaneous Notes.

There has been published the result of some measurements of the heads of students in the Cambridge University, showing that although it is pretty well ascertained that in the masses of the population the brain ceases to grow after the age of 19 or even earlier, it is by no means so with University students, and that the men who obtain University honors have larger brains than the average. Further careful experiments show that the brains of human beings change in size. Taken at different times in the same individual the length of the head varied 11/10 inch, the width 1/5 inch, and the length as much as ½ inch. The variations were not due

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