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illustrated.1839 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. FURNITURE OF THE HOUSE,
AND ITS USES. The blood. Preparing the blood. Mastication, or
chewing. A trap door. Digestion. Formation of chyle. Lacteals.
Absorbents. Materials for blood. Nature of the blood. Nature of
secretion. Motion of the heart. Pulsation. Force of the heart.
Capillaries. We come now to the furniture of the house I live in,
and its various uses. This will make a long, but I trust an
interesting chapter. Here, however, our similitude begins to fail;
for while the house I occupy, like all other houses, is liable to
daily waste and decay, there are, in the human habitation, certain
pieces of furniture--perhaps I should say machinery--by means of
which, if properly managed, repairs are going on equal, at least,
to the waste. But in no ordinary dwelling can any such process be
found. All dwellings may indeed be repaired, but it is usually by
external aid, and not by any operation of their own from within.
The habitation of the human soul is kept in repair partly by means
of the rivers which run through the circulatory apartment. It was
this fact that made it necessary for me to dwell so long upon this
apartment in the previous chapter. The Blood.--There is nothing in
this part of the universe which so much resembles the economy of
the human body, and the means by which its constant waste is
supplied, and the whole kept in repair, as the manner of watering
and supplying the face of the earth. Evaporation, and the growth of
plants and animals, are constantly wasting or drying up the soil;
but there are numerous hidden streams, some of them very small,
that wind their way in almost every direction, and continually
furnish new moisture. It is true, there are also large streams,
which appear on the surface of the earth, very different from...
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