The Greater Origins and Issues of Life and Death

The Greater Origins and Issues of Life and Death

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... in the higher brain or cerebrum in the senses; in the muscles and their connexions with the joints and bones: and also especially in the lungs themselves. But inside the body we have not to transact our life, but it is done for us. The heart circulates the blood, the lungs breathe the air, the liver purifies the blood by electing from it the bile, the stomach and, intestines digest the food, the kidneys secrete the waste serum, without our will taking part in these operations. We are not aware of them and cannot immediately command them. They live in more constant nerves than ours, above the domain of volition. But yet the lungs pour their voluntary motions through them in the daytime when the man is thinking and willing; as they pour their involuntary movements through them during sleep when the mind is in abeyance. In this manner all the states of the will and the understanding are sent through the involuntary life: and it is influenced by thought and passion and by the whole external life of the person. Thus the interiors also become a part of the individual man; and every function of them is gradually built up in the image and likeness of his character. This is a necessary consequence of their all breathing his spirit. The ancients made passions and feelings reside in the vitals; and so they do, but by correspondence. Splm ridere facit, oogit amare hepar. Each organ receives those states which belong to its doings in nature. The breathing of revenge allocates itself to one organ, and modifies its juices and offices accordingly; the breathing of love to another; and so forth. In this way daily life, good or evil, enters the nature of man, and makes him what he is, throughout. This is a great gate of N osology, or the science and...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841166
  • 9781236841162