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There may seem to be some incongruity in the caption of this paper, a juxtaposition of terms that can have no possible relation each to the other; or, it may be, an entire misconception of what is meant by the Conservation of Energy. The argument from general laws of physics to similar laws in the individual, is not an unusual or an improper one. We know a force, not in the concrete, but from outward and tangible evidences. As an abstract term we can conceive it only as an originator of molecular action, which, once instituted, is never lost.
Life itself, its highest equivalent, may be resolved into protoplasmic change or motion, governed by a a limitless force beyond that point of inchoate consciousness at which the finite is always arrested. This force infinite, of which our knowledge of finite force is but the
BIGELOW HR. THE CONSERVATION OF ENERGY AND CONSERVATIVE GYNÆCOLOGY.. JAMA. 1885;IV(12):309–312. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390870001001