Collected Essays And Articles On Physiology And Medicine (volume 2) by Austin FlintCollected Essays And Articles On Physiology And Medicine (volume 2) by Austin Flint

Collected Essays And Articles On Physiology And Medicine (volume 2)

byAustin Flint

Paperback | February 7, 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.1903 Excerpt: ... XXI ON THE SOURCE OF MUSCULAR POWER Published in the " Journal of Anatomy and Physiology," Cambridge and London, for October, 1877. INTRODUCTION At the present time there are few questions relating to physiology of greater interest and importance than the one which is the subject of this essay. Since the publication of the experiments of Fick and Wislicenus, in 1866, a large number of observations have been made, which are brought forward as evidence that the muscular system of a fully-developed man or other animal is simply a perfected mechanical apparatus, like an artificially-constructed machine, which accomplishes work, not at the expense of its own substance, the material consumed being restored by food, but by using the food itself, the force-value of which can be accurately calculated, as one can calculate the dynamic value of the fuel consumed in a steam engine. These observations have led some physiologists to adopt a kind of materialism, the fundamental idea of which is that the only matter concerned by its transformations in the production of muscular force is food. If a theory with this idea as its basis could be substantiated, it would indeed be an advance in positive knowledge, so great that its importance could hardly be exaggerated; and it is not surprising that the simplicity of the explanations of various physiological processes afforded by such an hypothesis should bring to its support many earnest and able advocates. Since the discovery by Mayer of the law of the correlation and conservation of forces, which is now universally accepted, it has seemed impossible to successfully controvert the notion that every manifestation of force in animal bodies, not excluding man, is dependent on some kind of transformation of matter. Physiologists c...
Title:Collected Essays And Articles On Physiology And Medicine (volume 2)Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217192564

ISBN - 13:9780217192569