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June 1963

A Treatise on the Chemical Constitution of the Brain: A Facsimile With an Introduction by David A. Drabkin

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(6):837-838. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620300157026

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At times there is catapulted into our midst a man or an event we wish to, or feel compelled to, explore. Thudichum is such a man. His Treatise on the Chemical Constitution of the Brain is such an event. The book was originally published in England in 1884, and this is a facsimile thereof.

At times the opportunity is given to us to gain prescience through looking at the past, by reading an 80-year-old book. Projecting ourselves into the past when the book was written, we can look ahead into the future from there—the outcome of which we know very well, because we live in that future into which we look. It is a sort of game of forecasting, and it allows us to test—after a fashion—our perception and our judgment, for we know what has happened. And it allows us, too, to make an excellent judgment of the man

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