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August 22, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(8):214-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391070018004

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Some time ago, Paul Bert suggested a series of experiments on recently decapitated persons, with the idea that by careful and immediate experimentation considerable light might be thrown on certain physiological problems. Physiologists in Paris have found it impossible to make these expertments on account of certain formalities which are thought to be necessary in that city when a criminal has been decapitated. MM. P. Regnard and P. Loye, however, have been recently, July 2, 1885, enabled to carry out the ideas of Bert to some extent in Troyes, the most careful preliminary arrangements having been previously made. Their report is to be found in Le Progrès Médicale, of July 18.

When the condemned man was placed on the instrument he seemed to be in a state of syncope; the mouth and eyes were widely open, and he seemed quite insensible. At the very moment that the knife severed the

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