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Effects of Alcohol.

Dr B. W. Richardson the other day drew a doleful picture of the effect of alcohol on the brain. With regard to the affinity of brain matter for alcohol he described an experiment which he had made upon the brain of a dead animal. He'tried by distillation to get back again the alcohol with which the brain had been soaked, but such was the tenacity of this organ for the spirit that he never succeeded in getting it all back again. This led him to the conclusion that alcohol became part of the brain structure, and so far changed it that the victim, in fact, got a different brain. In this view he, was confirmed by an experiment which Sir Humphrey Davy once practised upon himself to test the relative effects of nitrous oxide and alcohol upon the human brain. In the case of the gas the Bymptoms of intoxication quickly passed •way • without leaving any injurious effects, but in the case of the alcohol these disagreeable effects remained.

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Effects of Alcohol., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890

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Effects of Alcohol. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890

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