Form and Function
By E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
- Release Date - Published: 1954-01-01
- Book Genre: Life Sciences
- Author: E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
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The first name of which the history of anatomy keeps record is that of Alcmaeon, a contemporary of Pythagoras (6th century B. C. ). His interests appear to have been rather physiological than anatomical. He traced the chief nerves of sense to the brain, which he considered to be the seat of the soul, and he made some good guesses at the mechanism of the organs of special sense. He showed that, contrary to the received opinion, the seminal fluid did not originate in the spinal cord. Two comparisons are recorded of his, one that puberty is the equivalent of the flowering time in plants, the other that milk is the equivalent of white of egg. Both show his bias towards looking at the functional side of living things. The latter comparison reappears in Aristotle.
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