The Mechanisation of Physiology

  • C. U. M. Smith


The successful prosecution of the Cartesian physiological programme depended, as was stressed in chapter 16, on a prior understanding of the sciences of the inorganic. This, as we saw, was largely established by the eighteenth-century chemical revolution. Claude Bernard, who, as we shall see, is particularly well qualified to judge, writes as follows: ‘…it is only since the establishment of chemistry that the experimental method could be applied more thoroughly to physiology and pathology’ (1).


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  • C. U. M. Smith
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Aston in BirminghamUK

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