Claude Bernard by Sir Michael FosterClaude Bernard by Sir Michael Foster

Claude Bernard

bySir Michael Foster

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... Glycogen IMPORTANT as was Bernard's discovery of the action of the pancreatic juice, he soon came upon a far greater one. And the story of how he came upon it is worth telling in detail, since it illustrates in a striking manner how an alert, inquiring mind, seizing at once upon the hints which Nature gave, was led into a wholly new path, and, cautiously advancing step by step, as the way opened up, was enabled, by almost its own unassisted labours, to give to the world a new truth, not as a mere rough conception, but as a highly finished work. At the time when Bernard began his physiological studies, the views which the great Dumas had brilliantly expounded in the "Essai sur la Statique Chimique des Etres Organises," written by himself and the agronomic chemist Boussingault, may be said to have been dominant among biologists. According to those views, animals and plants presented a complete chemical contrast, the one to the other. The chemical token of the plant was that out of the elements existing in the inorganic world it built up the complex organic compounds, the carbohydrates, the fats, the proteids, and the like, which formed the chemical basis of its body. The chemical token of the animal was that, by feeding, it received these readymade organic compounds into its body, and destroyed them, resolving them again into inorganic constituents, and utilising that resolution for the needs of its life. The animal might modify the vegetable compounds and give them an animal character; but it never made anything anew. Matter passed through a cycle rising up through the constructive labours of the plant into the organic compounds of the living body, and falling back again by the destructive labours of the animal into the inorganic compounds of the world which...
Title:Claude BernardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217694926

ISBN - 13:9780217694926