WG: death record for German emigrant interned at Camps de Gurs, France, in 1941: cause of death: troubles cerebraux #germany #france


Dear Group,

In a death record issued by the physician of he hospital of Camps de Gurs,
Pyrenées, France, from January 1941 I found the somewhat irritating term
that the interned person – a German emigrant - died from “troubles
cerebraux.” There are no other medical entrances in this “certificat de
I found this term in medical articles, related to Multiple sclerosis or
Alcoholisme – both diseases which can cause multiple cerebral disorders.
But was there a special meaning of the term in a death certificate?
There are some suggestions that the person might have committed suicide but
that is not at all clear.
Would the term be compatible with an intoxication?

Barbara Elkeles
North-Rhine Westphalia 

Alyssa Freeman

Doing a quick Google search of the term makes it look like that it could refer to Alzhimer's/Dementia.

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico, VA


American physician here. I don't speak French but it does not sound like one needs to for this.
You are right to be irritated, "brain trouble" is extremely non-specific. Anything in the entire textbook of neurology could fit.
You mention multiple sclerosis, alcoholism, intoxication of any kind, but equally a hundred other things.
The term may have had some specific cultural meaning "between the lines" in that time and place, but if so I do not know it. Sorry.

Robert Roth MD
Kingston NY USA

C Chaykin

Not a physician, but a former French-English translator... My take would be "brain disorders," which yields a million or so hits on Google.

peter isert

I think it could well have been referring to a form of psychotic depression often thought of as a malady of the brain in days gone by