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December 24, 1898

A STRIKING ANALOGY BETWEEN THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ANIMALS AND THAT OF PLANTS.

Author Affiliations

CAMDEN, ALA.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1524-1525. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450260028002h

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Abstract

There is a unity of plan in the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals that affords one of the most striking, most forcible and most beautiful of the evidences of the unity of nature. This unity of plan, in addition to its great but overlooked importance in comparative anatomy and physiology, is also of so great consequence and utility in human physiology and dietetics as to demand from physicians constant consideration and utilization. It is so plain and easy to be understood, that it may be rapidly and satisfactorily traced, in the following illustration from plant to man, by going from left to right, or from man to plant, by going from right to left. All that is needed here is to start at the man, as every hearer will desire the pleasure of returning by himself back to the plant.

The tree, as is seen, ends above in

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