Our Day: Volume 9

Our Day Publishing Company

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Our Day Publishing Company
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Dec 31, 1891
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486
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English
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Joseph Cook
Alcohol and the Human Brain

Alcohol injures the blood by changing the color and chemical
composition of its corpuscles.

In the stereopticon illustrations, you saw that the red discs of
blood are distorted in shape by the action of alcohol. You saw that the
arrangement of the coloring matter in the red discs is changed. You saw that various adulterations
appeared to come into the blood, or at least into visibility there, under the
influence of alcohol. Lastly, you saw, most terrible of all, an absolutely new
growth occurring there—a sprout protruding itself from the side of the red
corpuscle in the vital stream. Last year I showed you what some of the diseases
of leprosy did for the blood, and you see how closely alcoholism in the blood
resembles in physical effects the most terrific diseases known to man.

Here are the diseases that are the great red seal of God
Almighty's wrath against sensuality; and when we apply the microscope to them,
we find in the blood discs these sprouts, that greatly resemble each other in
the inebriate and in the leper. Dr. Harriman has explained, with the authority
of an expert, these ghastly growths. These sprouts shoot out of the red discs,
and he tells you that, after having been called before jury after jury as an
expert, sometimes in cases where life was at stake, he has studied alcoholized
blood, and that a certain kind of spore, a peculiar kind of sprout, which you
have seen here, he never saw except in the veins of a confirmed drunkard. I
think the day is coming when, by microscopic examination of the blood discs, we
can tell what disease a man has inherited or acquired—if it be one of that kind
which takes hold of the circulatory fluid.







 

Joseph Cook
Alcohol and the Human Brain

Alcohol injures the blood by changing the color and chemical
composition of its corpuscles.

In the stereopticon illustrations, you saw that the red discs of
blood are distorted in shape by the action of alcohol. You saw that the
arrangement of the coloring matter in the red discs is changed. You saw that various adulterations
appeared to come into the blood, or at least into visibility there, under the
influence of alcohol. Lastly, you saw, most terrible of all, an absolutely new
growth occurring there—a sprout protruding itself from the side of the red
corpuscle in the vital stream. Last year I showed you what some of the diseases
of leprosy did for the blood, and you see how closely alcoholism in the blood
resembles in physical effects the most terrific diseases known to man.

Here are the diseases that are the great red seal of God
Almighty's wrath against sensuality; and when we apply the microscope to them,
we find in the blood discs these sprouts, that greatly resemble each other in
the inebriate and in the leper. Dr. Harriman has explained, with the authority
of an expert, these ghastly growths. These sprouts shoot out of the red discs,
and he tells you that, after having been called before jury after jury as an
expert, sometimes in cases where life was at stake, he has studied alcoholized
blood, and that a certain kind of spore, a peculiar kind of sprout, which you
have seen here, he never saw except in the veins of a confirmed drunkard. I
think the day is coming when, by microscopic examination of the blood discs, we
can tell what disease a man has inherited or acquired—if it be one of that kind
which takes hold of the circulatory fluid.







 

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