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The Significance of Weismann's Doctrines in Insanity

  • George R. Wilson

“Clearer conceptions of these matters would be reached if, instead of thinking in abstract terms, the physiological processes concerned were brought into the foreground.” Prom this counsel which Mr. Spencer gave—counsel which disputants have been slow to follow—towards the end of the unsatisfactory controversy which succeeded the translation into English of Weismann's essays, we shall depart as slightly as possible. Yet at the outset we must deal with “abstract terms,” in attempting to define the real issue which Weismann has raised; even if, in so dealing with them, I do but demonstrate how much wiser it would be to avoid them.

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Read at the Annual Meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, 1896.

Contemporary Review, May, 1893.

That unusually convenient phrase of Mr.Ball's, , “use inheritance,” and indeed his whole book, The Effects of Use and Disuse,exem plify very well the futility of attempting to make this distinction clear.

Essays, Vol. i, p. 172, et seq

Essays, Vol. i, p. 30,

Voit, V., however, observed restitution of a part of a pigeon's brain which had been removed. Five months later, a nervous mass had been reproduced, consisting of medullated nerve-fibres and nerve-cells. (Landois and Stirling.)

Text-book of Physiology, § 690.

Vol. i., p. 461.

The Effects of Use and Disus$e.

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The Significance of Weismann's Doctrines in Insanity

  • George R. Wilson
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