Pursuing the theory of the marine origin of life which was elucidated by the French physiologist, Quinton, about ten years ago, a number of French investigators have been experimenting with sea-water. They have found that by dilution a solution is obtained which is isotonic with blood plasma and in which the leucocytes will continue their ameboid movements when kept at blood temperature. This solution contains mineral salts which are necessary to the growth and development of the cells of the body and were found to be in almost the same proportion as that existing in blood plasma.
The studies of a number of French investigators, among whom may be mentioned Quinton, Robert-Simon, Mace, Potocki, Hallion and Carrion, tend to show that by means of this "marine serum," as it is sometimes called, the upbuilding of the mineral constituents of the body cells is accomplished; the action being strictly tonic, apparently
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