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To intelligently understand the advantage of sponge-grafting in efforts to secure reproduction of tissues, the societary arrangements among prime elements which lay the foundation of possibilities in functioning bodies must be taken into account. Adequate study of these elements will reveal whatever pertains to them in personality and behavior. Their origin cannot be seen, and their existence is provable to sensuous cognition only by observation of their aggregative and relational changes. Therefore, to say they had beginning is to assume an unprovable proposition. The careers through which they go in molecular, corpuscular, tissual, organic and systemic currents constitute the functions of perceptible body.
The first perceptible current is gaseous diffusion, which occurs in mass of diverse gases devoid of active affinity between them, each acting upon its own law of diffusion in occupancy of the chamber limiting the gas; so that each molecule stands equidistant from its fellows, which is
ATKINSON WH. SPONGE-GRAFTING. Read before Section on Dental and Oral Surgery, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887. JAMA. 1887;IX(25):769–771. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400240001001
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