Chapter 8: Physiology: The Word Comes to Life
Chapter 8Physiology: The Word Comes to Life
One of the phænomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life. Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed? It was a bold question, and one which has ever been considered as a mystery [...] I resolved these circumstances in my mind, and determined thenceforth to apply myself more particularly to those branches of natural philosophy which relate to physiology.
– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818)
8.1 Physiology: A Word Apart
There are in nature two classes of beings, two classes of properties, and two classes of sciences. Beings are organic or inorganic, properties vital or non-vital, and sciences physiological or physical.
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