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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Degeneration of Brain Cells

Degeneration of Brain Cells.

The next picture was one illustrating the early stages of the degeneration of brain cells, in 'General Paralysis of the In-sane.' and it was explained that pari passu with this process the vitality of the whole organism goes down, so that in a few years the individual is wiped out. This, says Dr King, is essentially a disease of overexertion—though there were other factors—found mostly in people that work loo n uch and think too much and sometimes drink too much. But these people are essentially above the average of intelligence. Lord Randolph Churchill was a striking example page 62 Dr King emphasised the bewildering delicacy and complexity of the brain cells, and said that the wonder was not that they broke down, but that they stood the cessive strain that was so often put upon them.