The Human Body and Its Structure; With Hints on Health, a Practical Treatise on the Design, Nature, and Functions of the Various Parts of the Human Fr

The Human Body and Its Structure; With Hints on Health, a Practical Treatise on the Design, Nature, and Functions of the Various Parts of the Human Fr

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885* edition. Excerpt: ...exhibited in the case of the muscles. If the mind be active and decided, the muscles, receiving a strong stimulus, move with readiness and force; but if the cerebral activity be impaired by bilious depression, muscular action becomes slow, infirm and indolent: whereas if the brain be excited by strong passion, and the stimulus be impetuous, the movements instantly become energetic and decided; and, if the excitement be carried still farther, the regulated muscular contraction passes the limits of health, and becomes involuntary and convulsive. As the quality of the nervous influence depends on the condition of the brain, that which springs from a brain of which all the parts are in sound and vigorous action is the best. Mental indolence and high mental excitement are alike inimical to bodily health; and consequently our great aim ought to be to secure for every mental power, moral as well as intellectual, that equal and regular exercise from which alone the proper nervous stimulus can spring. It is indeed interesting to observe the various effects of the nervous influence, according to the faculties in predominant action at the time it is produced. If the higher feelings have the ascendancy, and the more selfish propensities be merely active enough to give force to the character, without setting the mind at war with itself, the nervous influence is the most graceful and efficient which can be imagined for sustaining the healthy cooperation of the whole body. This result follows because the Creator evidently designed such a state of mind to be the best and happiest for man himself, and therefore took care to surround him with every motive to induce him to enter into it. If, however, the lower feelings be in great activity, and filled with designs...show more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236527003
  • 9781236527004