Excerpt from Georgia Journal of Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 3: December, 1898
As regards material construction, man and the higher animals and plants are no unitary, simple beings; on the contrary, they are put together from many units. They are hence called organisms. If they possessed but one single power which set all their parts in action, it would be impossible to understand how the special kind of activity which each one of these organisms exercises in its individ ual way comes about. This specific activity is present in the organ ism not alone in its perfect or fully grown form, but also during its development and growth. How can a single power, whether we call it in the spiritualistic sense spirit, soul, spiritus rector, or, in the physical sense, vital force or electricity, build up such diverse organ isms Or if this power resided in a single organ - were it in brain, or spinal cord, or heart-how could those brainless and heartless creatures be explained which present so abnormal a condition that at the beginning of this century they were the proper battle-ground of the mystics?
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