A disquisition on the nature and properties of living animals [&c.].

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Էջ 56 - The left side was most powerfully convulsed at each renewal of the electric contact. On moving the second rod from the hip to the heel, the knee being previously bent, the leg was thrown out with such violence as nearly to overturn one of the assistants, who in vain attempted to prevent its extension.
Էջ 3 - ... they are destroyed. Examine the mind, the grand prerogative of man. Where is the mind of the fetus ? where that of the child just born ? Do we not see it actually built up before our eyes by the actions of the five external senses, and of the gradually developed internal faculties ? Do we not trace it advancing by a slow progress through infancy and childhood, to the perfect expansion of its faculties in the adult ; — annihilated for a time by a blow on the head, or the shedding of a little...
Էջ 4 - That life then, or the assemblage of all the functions, is immediately dependent on organization, appears to me. physiologically speaking, as clear as that the presence of the sun above the horizon causes the light of day; and to suppose that we could have light without that luminary, would not be more unreasonable than to conceive that life is independent of the animal body, in which the vital phenomena are observed.
Էջ 3 - Where then shall we find proofs of the mind's independence on the bodily structure? of that mind, which, like the corporeal frame, is infantile in the child, manly in the adult, sick and debilitated in disease, frenzied or melancholy in the madman, enfeebled in the decline of life, doting in decrepitude, and annihilated by death?
Էջ 56 - Every muscle of the body was immediately agitated with convulsive movements, resembling a violent shuddering from cold. The left side was most powerfully convulsed at each renewal of the electric contact.
Էջ 3 - ... faculties ? Do we not trace it advancing by a slow progress through infancy and childhood, to the perfect expansion of its faculties in the adult; — annihilated for a time by a blow on the head, or the shedding of a little blood in apoplexy ; — decaying as the body declines in old age ; — and finally reduced to an amount hardly perceptible, when the body, worn out by the mere exercise of the organs, reaches, by the simple operation of natural decay, that slate of decrepitude most aptly...
Էջ 57 - Full, nay, laborious breathing, instantly commenced. The chest heaved, and fell ; the belly was protruded, and again collapsed, with the relaxing and retiring diaphragm.
Էջ 57 - The supra-orbital nerve was laid bare in the forehead, as it issues through the supra-ciliary foramen, in the eyebrow: the one conducting rod being applied to it, and the other to the heel, most extraordinary grimaces were exhibited every time that the electric discharges were made, by running the wire in my hand along the edges of the last trough, from the...
Էջ 58 - At this period several of the spectators were forced to leave the apartment from terror or sickness, and one gentleman fainted. ,•. 4. The last galvanic experiment consisted in transmitting the electric power from the spinal marrow to the ulnar nerve, as it passes by the internal condyle at the elbow ; the fingers now moved nimbly...

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