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ALCOHOL A CAUSE OF FATTY DEGENERATION.
The use of alcohol is so common that this subject would not be well treated were not an allusion made to the effect of alcohol in producing fatty degeneration. Systemic writers so put it, and there is good reason, for alcohol is CHO while fat is CHO in varied proportion. Both are hydrocarbons and convertible with very little change in proportion. Alcohol acutely produces what fatty and fibrous degeneration produce chronically. Drunkenness may well sometimes be called acute locomotor ataxy, and insanity, acute softening of the brain, acute paralysis and want of coördination. The mental vagaries of a drunken man are like those of people paralyzed more or less, so much so that people paralyzed from fatty brain degeneration have been mistaken and locked up as drunkards.
Some years ago a Mayor of a New Hampshire city was found in the Boston and Lowell
CUTTER E, CUTTER JA. THE FATTY AND FIBROID DEGENERATIONS. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(25):785–787. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411290023002e
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