Excerpt from Hand Book of Haematherapy With Clinical Reports, 1902: Compiled From Private and Hospital Practice; Bovinine in Medicine and Surgery; A Mass of Facts, Easily Verified in Everyday Practice, by Any Physician or Surgeon In the words of Sir William Hunter, the blood is a highly organized living tissue; unlike all other organs, not only living, but livegiving; a loose tissue, as a con course Of organized corpuscles in a nutritious fluid; but none the less a coherent and constant unit, though in per petual flux and change like other organs, only changing more rapidly and freely by reason of its all-distributive function; incomparably the most active as well as essential organ in the body, carrying vitality and vitalized suste nance to every cell of brain, nerve, muscle, bone or organ in the system. Hence it has been properly designated the All-organ of life; since it alone, so far as we know, 'im parts life (derived man knows not how or whence); while all the other organs called vital depend on it for life as well as nourishment, and in return, are wholly employed in serving it, either as feeders, carriers, scavengers, or in receiving and transposing its chemical elements for various uses. Thus, the heart is called a vital organ only because it pumps the blood forth on its vital errand; the lungs because they blow oxygen on the blood fire, and blow off its smoke; the stomach and entire digestive apparatus because they purvey and cook for the blood; the liver and kidneys because they secrete, excrete, wash and scavenge from the blood; the brain itself, only because it is the storage-battery of vital or rather nervous force, accum ulated from the blood, and is charged for the propulsion of the machinery of the living workshop whose essential product is evermore Blood, which is the life thereof.
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