First Principles of Human Physiology

First Principles of Human Physiology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ..."Table of Physiological Constants" by Prof. Foster: --"A body weighing eleven stones would require for daily food, carbon, 4,000 grains; nitrogen, 200 grains; which, with other necessary elements, would be conveniently disposed in--Appended to Prof. Huxley's Elementary Leisons in Phytiology. Total--44,500 or 6,357 The faeces passed per diem, would amount to about 2,800 grains, containing solid matter, 800 grains (i.e., one-tenth of the solids in the food eaten) would be cast out as refuse." Or, the solid matters alone could be obtained from 21bs. of bread and fib. of flesh-meat daily. Alcohols.--This is the name given to all drinks of an intoxicating nature, because the spirit they contain, which alone renders them palatable, and for which they are drank, is chemically known as Alcohol, more strictly, Ethylic Alcohol. None of them can be properly considered food; they cannot be proteids, as they contain no nitrogen; and they are not heat-formers, as in experiments made on men and animals, the drinking of them has been followed by a reduction of the temperature ot the body.0 And they are not mineral food, being produced from the organic world, and containing no mineral element in their composition. Clearly, then, in no sense can alcoholic beverages (ale, cider, wines and spirits) be considered as food, and their being partaken of as such must, negatively at least, and by inference, be inimical to the body. But this is not all, experiment and xperiencef concur in showing that their use, even in small quantities is physically injurious, and perfect abstinence from them entirely advantageous.! There is sufficient water in the other substances (milk, beefsteaks, to.) to make up the fall quantity required--36,500...
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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236761804
  • 9781236761804