The counting of nerve cells give an answer to the question whether there is a significant loss of cells in the cortex in the course of viral encephalitis. For normal animals, average cell numbers of 275.42 were counted; for infected animals divided into two groups depending on the severity of illness, 144.95 and 192.87 cells, respectively (p = 0.0001).
A loss of nerve cells in the cortex after encephalitis was reported already in the classical work by Nissl, Spielmeyer, and Spatz. A loss of nerve cells will become only noticeable if it amounts to at least 50%. But as such clear pictures are rarely found, estimations were always considered as doubtful and incorrect. Not only the number of cells is… (More)