Dr. Bourneville has added to his numerous contributions to the pathology of idiocy a description of two brothers admitted to the Bicêtre in 1897. They were both helpless idiots, and were aged thirteen and ten respectively. The limbs had become rigid; neither of them could stand. The family history is given at some length, and shows nervous diseases among the collaterals, but the grandparents, father and mother, seemed to have been healthy. The eldest began to walk, when he had the measles at eighteen months, which is said to have had a backward effect upon him. The younger had never walked; he had some convulsions when eighteen months old. They could use the hands so far as to grasp objects and put them to their mouths. Both had strabismus, one convergent, the other divergent. The eldest died in December, 1899. Nothing seems to have been found in the brain to explain the idiocy. The cerebellum was found to be atrophied, all its parts were diminished in value, the pons Varolii was also less than usual.
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