its birth the child is like a wilderness; its ideas are of its
But when wisdom breathes into its nostrils the breath of life (or science)
it becomes a child of science.
~ Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
On the Circulation of the Blood1865
Man's body, according to the chemist, is composed chiefly of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, which are combustible. Also oxygen from the air, which unites with the other three. This union produces heat. The oxygen of the air comes in contact with the carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen of our bodies through the nose and produces heat. The nose is so constructed that the oxygen from the air passes into that organ and comes in contact with the three other substances. This produces heat in the blood. So as this blood receives a portion of the chyle from the stomach, it passes to the lungs and leaves a portion of the carbon in the air cells. This is thrown off through the windpipe.
Now as the oxygen from the air is constantly forcing itself through the nose, it is very essential that we know the use of this organ and not be deceived by the idea that the oxygen passes down the windpipe. For through this deception, we prevent the carbonic gases from passing out of the lungs. The effect of the oxygen in the air (or man's body) is composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. These are of a combustible nature. Now introduce oxygen, and this gives life to the blood. Now as the body stands in need of a fourth element to produce caloric (or heat), nature has constructed man in such a way that, without any effort on his part, this last element is supplied.
As the air contains the oxygen, the heat in the brain induces the oxygen to enter. So as the nose is so constructed, the air passes in and deposits the oxygen with the three other elements. This creates heat and eats up the impurities in the chyle that is carried to the lungs to be purified for distribution to all parts of the body. So when the blood enters the lungs, it deposits the carbonic gas in the cells to escape through the windpipe, like smoke out of a chimney. Now this escape, called exhaling and inhaling, is when the oxygen is received into the blood, or the other three elements, through the nose.
The idea that the blood receives the oxygen through the windpipe is so absurd that it needs but little explanation to satisfy any thinking person of its absurdity. I shall show the bad effect on the body by this false theory. It is now a universal belief that the air passes into the windpipe and enters the lungs. This false idea misleads man, and he falls into an error that has cost many a poor creature his life. For they, by the power of their will, prevent the very carbonic gas from passing out of the lungs, and it remains in the cells, till it becomes so impure that it produces tubercles and abrasions and death.
If man had never heard of such a theory, he would have been far better off. What advantage is it to man to know that the blood is carried from the heart to the lungs by a process that I will give, according to the medical science?
The left side of the heart contains the pure blood - and the right side the impure blood. The upper part of the heart receives the blood from the body and the lungs. The lower part sends it out to the body and the lungs. The impure blood from the body is brought by the veins to the upper right side of the heart, while the pure blood from the lungs enters the upper side of the heart. The impure blood passes from the upper-right side of the heart to the lower-right division, and then it is thrown into the lungs. Here it deposits the impurities (or carbonic gas) that is thrown out of the windpipe. This process purifies the blood - and then it is fit.