volume 1, issue 276, P381-385 1866
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.1.276.381
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A. Samelson

Abstract: Dr. Halford, and, previously, of Pechlin and others, fully confirm the above conclusions; for the heart was seen to expand as well as to contract, though no blood was furnished to it. Expansion, and hence a suction-power, is, therefore, a function as normal to it as the recognised one of contraction, by which it is universally allowed to be endowed with the power of propulsion. Supposing the above view of the function of the auricle to be correct, it is then probable that the musculi pectinati act firstly in p…

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