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September 19, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(12):318-320. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391110010001c

The human organization ought to be, and under favoring circumstances is, much like unto a well-constructed and well-regulated piece of machinery, each part of it performing its function by drafts of power upon the nerve centres sufficient for its wants. The central power should be in exact proportion to the demands of all the parts, each of which should bear a just co-relation to every other, thus securing a just division of labor, and a machine-like accuracy of movement, constituting what we see sometimes, perfect health. Mens sana in corpore sano. This perfectly fectly developed and perfectly acting human machine chine is but rarely met with, from a variety of causes, some of which reach far back in the embryonic stage of existence, where the hereditary weaknesses and imperfections are no doubt stamped upon the very germ of life, and follow it to the death. Added to these hereditary causes

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