Softening of the Brain. Ramollissement.
INFLAMMATION of the brain, when it has run its course, sometimes leaves this organ, or portions of it, in a softened condition. The same mischief may happen to the brain from the blood vessels which run to it being diseased, so as not to be able to carry blood for its proper nourishment.
Symptoms. The most remarkable symptom of this disease is the rigid contraction of the muscles which draw up the limbs; the hand may be clenched and pressed against the shoulder, or the heel carried up to the hip. The early symptoms are tingling, numbness in the ends of the fingers, perverted vision and sometimes blindness. The person usually tidy in habits and dress now becomes careless and slovenly. He occasionally complains of sleeplessness and the temper becomes irritable and friends notice that he takes offense when usually he would not notice. His forgetfulness is very noticeable at times to the extent of forgetting his name and that of his family, later on the symptoms are similar to those which will be described under the heading "Dementia."
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