In this paper Fé rédescribes a case of epilepsy in a child æt.8, interesting chiefly because of the apparent origin of the neurosis. The boy, who presented several teratalogical stigmata, was the eldest son of healthy parents. After his birth his mother had three stillborn children and then a miscarriage. Syphilis could be absolutely excluded, and careful inquiry failed to show any other degenerative taint in either of the parent stocks. It was ascertained, however, that the parents, who were ordinarily very abstemious in their sexual pleasures, through fear of a large family, were in the habit of extremely free indulgence when pregnancy was established. In the absence, therefore, of all other probable causes, Fé réattributes the degeneracy in the offspring to this agency, and points out in this connection that the repulsion which some pregnant women feel towards their husbands–a repulsion which is paralleled in the case of the lower animals–is perhaps to be looked on as a defensive instinct
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