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CHARLES BLAND RADCLIFFE, M.B.

LICENTIATE OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS;
LECTURER ON VEGETABLE PHYSIOLOGY AND BOTANY AT THE WESTMINSTER

HOSPITAL, ETC. ETC.

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LONDON :
JOHN CHURCHILL, PRINCES STREET, SOHO.

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HARVARD MEDICAL LIBRARY

IN THE
FRANCIS A. COUNTWAY

LIBRARY OF MEDICINC

PREFACE.

In a work lately published under the title of “ Proteus ; or, the Law of Nature,” I have endeavoured to realize that unity, or rò êv, which is said to ensoul the diversities of things, and bind them together in one. I have traced this principle in plant and animal, not merely as a vague generality, but as pervading the entire structure—from a simple organ to a perfect organism, and from the complicated nervous, vascular, or osseous systems, to the more rudimentary parts of the economy. I have traced, also, the same principle into inorganic bodies ;—so that in relation to form, we may conclude that there is one archetypal law in all created things, whether animate or inanimate. Heat, light, chemical affinity, electricity, motion, and other physical agencies, have also been found to be connected with each other, and with the more recondite vital influences, as correlative aspects of one central force; so that the unity of creation is reflected in force as well as form. And finally, this principle

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