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OF

PHYSIOLOGY;

BEING

AN ACCOUNT OF THE LAWS AND PRINCIPLES

OF THE ANIMAL ECONOMY,

ESPECIALLY IN REFERENCE TO THE

CONSTITUTION OF MAN.

THOMAS JOHNSTONE AITKIN, M.D., F.R.C.S.E.

LECTURER ON PHYSIOLOGY AND ON MATERIA MEDICA ; MEMBER OF THE MEDICO-
CHIRURGICAL SOCIETY ; EXTRAORDINARY MEMBER OF THE ROYAL

MEDICAL SOCIETY ; FORMERLY PRESIDENT OF
THE ROYAL PHYSICAL SOCIETY,

&c. &c. &c.

« Shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not ?"

LONDON :
PRINTED FOR SCOTT, WEBSTER, AND GEARY,

36 CHARTERHOUSE SQUARE.

PRINTED FOR SCOTI, WEBSTER, AND GEAR

has it been deemed necessary to cite the different views taken as to the use and modes of action of the various organs, nor particularly to insist upon the reason why the opinion adopted has been preferred.

Were mankind a little better informed than they generally are of the constitution of their own bodies, and knew how fearfully and wonderfully they are made, they would be more careful in avoiding causes that tend to disturb and derange the functions; that induce painful and incurable maladies ; that contribute to shorten the limited period of human life: and we should have fewer miserable and deluded dupes. of ignorant pretension and impudent quackery.

CONTENTS.

of Harvey-Discovery of the Absorbents—Structure of the

Heart-Condition at the point of death-Structure and Action

of the Arteries Of the Capillaries—Of the Veins-Operation

of Transfusion-Heart an involuntary Organ-Heart insensible

-Effects of the Passions of the Mind-Size of the Heart in

proportion to the other Organs-Mechanical conditions of the

Blood Vessels-Circulation influenced by Respiration-through

the Brain-in the Abdomen ........ ..........1-43

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