Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915
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years and he drops away. It isn't long before the old man has the dead on the autopsy table, pouring over his exposed vitals to find out just why this animal died. We discussed death very much that day & I thought of that wonderful book I once read "Death & Sudden Death" written strangely enough by a coroner of Paris. The question came up is death an acid or an alkaline process, in other words how do the tissues react after death. I will mention this in another connection. To continue c Metchnicoff. Dr. H. was saying that on the old mans 70th birthday a banquet was given at wh. everyone felicitated him. In his reply he left the room & returned c a chart wh. bore the names of all his family. By each was charted the death age by means of a little cross. "You see none of my ancestors lived beyond 69 years. Well none of my ancestors drank sour milk." This was his simple & unique way of referring to his discovery. Of course we saw all the workings of the institution, wh. is now devoted particularly to the war. There were other things. I have read & heard of the hero-boy who wrestled c a mad