Physiological Anatomy of the Lungs

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                                rational dispute that the nerves supplied to the lungs 
have for their object the regulation of the systemic 
function of these organs, and are only connected 
with the process of Respiration in as far as they 
regulate the contractility and such sensibility as 
belong to those organs, and that they in no degree 
influence the power of the blood to combine with 
oxygen, nor engender the vital properties, which 
result from that combination - 
a sort of vague and childish superstition is 
apt to attribute to these nerves the office of ma=
=nufacturing and supplying those organs with 
their <u>vital<\u> susceptibilities and attributed - The 
idea is merely a relick of the dark ages, which 
was prone to associate life with certain Ghostly 
properties, particularly delighting itself by wan=
=dering among concealed labarynths and intricate 
passages - Such a method of reasoning on 
the properties of Life is only suitable to treatises 
on Demonology and witchcraft, and is totally 
beneath notice in any physiological investigation 
aiming at accuracy or precision - 
If the nerves of the Pulmonary plexus were provided 
for the purpose of furnishing 'Vitality' to the lungs 
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James Newton Heale
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Physiological Anatomy of the Lungs, 1860. From The Royal Society, AP/43/4



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