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On the Labouring Force of the Human Heart


THERE is no organ in our bodies that has a more important influence upon health, at all ages of our lives, than the heart, whose rhythm and force are governed by laws of nerve-force, of which we are at present almost totally ignorant. Regarded, however, from a mechanical point of view, as a hydraulic pumping machine, our knowledge of the heart is more accurate, and may yet lead the way to greater knowledge of the physiological action of this vital organ.


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HAUGHTON, S. On the Labouring Force of the Human Heart . Nature 1, 255–256 (1870).

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