In the present state of our knowledge relative to clinico-anatomo-pathologic correlations with ontogenetic and phylogenetic problems, the hereditary mode of investigation offers much for a more comprehensive understanding of structure and function of the nervous system. There are promising opportunities for productive research even though the subject discussed is yet in a stage in which it defies precise formulation.
The human body, like all living matter, is an energy system for the capture, transformation and release of energy. Specific receptors have been evolved for the capture; definite organs have become structuralized to handle the incoming energy and transform it, so that effector organs of varying complexities may discharge it.
The human body is not a closed system, and any adequate understanding as to what happens and has happened must include the outside as well as the inside relationships. In a way, inside, we see structure; in a sense, function
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