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September 1929


Author Affiliations

Sage Professor of Psychology, Cornell University ITHACA, N. Y.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(3):282-295. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620060078008

In the modern sciences of life the living organism has gradually revealed a greater and greater complexity—a complexity of substance as well as of function. So complicated have the body and its operations become that all who delve into its fascinating intricacies are inclined to alternate between the ardent enthusiasm of the explorer and the bewildered doubt of the lost traveler. One has not far to seek for the terms of this growing complexity. There is scarcely an aspect or phase of life, from fertilization to death, from the structure of protoplasm to the details of glandular function, which does not reveal new subtleties. The cell itself has grown enormously complex within. While it still maintains its structural integrity and its genetic significance, the physiologist and the geneticist are now compelled to penetrate the great interacting systems of nucleus and cytoplasm. Specific enzymes by the hundred are assumed

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