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March 13, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(11):843-848. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420370001001

The animal body is the most complicated and wonderful piece of machinery in the world. It is the only engine which generates its own power, disposes of its waste products and automatically renews its parts. Within the compass of the human frame is an elaborate hydraulic system having not only a double-acting force-pump and also a suction-pump for the purpose of producing a negative pressure in the veins and to assist the return circulation. The nervous system may be likened to the telephone system of a great city, for it has all the local call stations and also a central station, which we call the brain, which is so complicated that, elaborate as are the switchboards in our great exchanges, they are simplicity itself compared with the brain. The digestive system forms the furnace in which the fuel is received for the generation of power, while the skin, kidneys and

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