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December 5, 1908

THE RELATION OF PHYSIOLOGY TO PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY.

JAMA. 1908;LI(23):1978-1979. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540230064008
Abstract

Compared with the utterances of one of his predecessors, it is noteworthy that Dr. J. S. Haldane,1 in his opening address as president of the physiologic section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, places himself without reserve among the, as he believes, increasing number of physiologists who are not satisfied with physico-chemical explanations of all physiologic facts. It seems to him, he says, that while the advance in physiology appears to have brought us in some ways nearer to a physico-chemical explanation of life, it has in otherways put us further off. On the one hand we are accumulating facts as to the physical and chemical source and ultimate destiny of the matter and energy passing through the animal body; on the other hand there is an equally rapidly accumulating knowledge of an apparent teleologic ordering of this material and energy which is beyond our present

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