Excerpt from Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Vol. 2 Since Dr. Adolf Meyer described, in 1901, the symptom-complex central neuritis, which he introduced as a short designation of the parenchymatous systemic degeneration mainly in the central nervous system, a number of cases have been added to the literature by different authors, and there is doubt that this condition can be recognized from its clinical symptoms and established anatomically. According to the descriptions of authors, this symptom-complex is found to occur in depressive psychoses at the time of involution, in alcoholic senile states and in alcoholic phthisical-cachectic states, and the clinical condition is characterized by diarrhea, emaciation, twitch-ings and rigidity of the extremities, some fever and some changes in the reflexes, and the mental condition is an anxious, perplexed agitation, delirium or stupor. Anatomic investigation revealed changes somewhat similar to those found in the motor cells of the cord and the medulla, from which the nerve process has been cut off at the periphery in the Betz cells and other cells, and systemic degenerations of the central nerve fibers. Beside the accurate description of Dr. Meyer, there are a number of excellent histologic studies on changes of the nerve cells; however, we find relatively few investigations on alteration of the neurofibrils of nerve cell as well as the neuroglia tissue. The material of the Phipps Clinic recently offered the opportunity to study two cases of central neuritis. The alteration of the intracellular neurofibrils of nerve cells as the effect of cutting off the nerve process has been a topic of several experimental studies. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.