Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Volume 10
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...2ndly. Portal blood of an animal on mixed diet contains sugar. 3rdly. Portal blood of a fasting animal, as well as of an animal fed solely on flesh, is devoid of sugar. 4thly. The livers of dogs contain sugar, whether the diet is animal or vegetable. 5th1y. Under favourable circumstances, saccharine matter may be found in the liver of an animal after three entire days of rigid fasting. 6thly. The sugar found in the bodies of animals fed on mixed food is partly derived directly from the food, partly formed in the liver. 7thly. The livers of animals restricted to flesh diet possess the power of forming glucogen, which glucogen is at least in part transformed into sugar in the liver;--an inference which does not exclude the probability of glucogen (like starch in the vegetable organism) being transformed into other materials besides sugar. 8thly. As sugar is found in the liver at the moment of death, its presence cannot properly be ascribed to a post mortem change, but is to be regarded as the result of a natural condition. II. " Hereditary Transmission of an Epileptiform Affection accidentally produced." By E. BROWN-SIi1QUARD, M.D. Communicated by Dr. SHARPEY, Sec. R.S. Received December 23, 1859. It is well known that the number of facts which seem to prove that an accidentally produced affection may be transmitted by parents to their offspring is still small, and that serious objections have been raised against most, if not all, the facts of this kind. The following observations seem to show peremptorily that, at least in one species of animals, this kind of transmission may occur. I have shown that certain injuries to the spinal cord, in Guineapigs and other Mammals, are followed, after a few weeks, by a convulsive disease, ...
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