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Oxygen is the sustaining principle of animal life and of all the ordinary phenomena of combustion. It is indispensable in respiration, and in general is the most universally active and efficient element.
Respiration is the most important function in the human economy. By this method life is sustained. When we consider the tremendous importance of the lungs it must become apparent that any neglect of these great central boilers of the body may result in disease.
Man does not live by bread alone. The food we eat would not nourish us if we did not breathe. The air we breathe burns up the food, and by so doing produces energy and vital force.
It is the air we breathe that supports combustion, and combustion maintains life by creating heat. But the ultimate source of the heat is contained in the potential energy taken into the body with the food we
WALBRIDGE LP. LUNG GYMNASTICS IN THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASE.Read by title in the Section on Practice of Medicine, at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in San Francisco, June 5-8, 1894. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(4):139–141. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421090009001d
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