On the flowing of spirituous substance through the nerves

  • Giovanni Alfonso Borelli


In the animals, besides liquids such as blood, there is another extremely spirituous fluid substance which is the direct motive cause of the animal body. This appears from the effects of this substance. This spirituous humour is not wind or air but has a liquid consistency such as spirit of wine. It is generated from blood in the brain and diffused by the nerves. All modern authors admit this point. The exact structure and composition of the nervous juice, although unknown, can be surmised somewhat from its motions through the nerves.


Nervous Fibre Vagus Nerve Voluntary Movement External Object Intercostal Nerve 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

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  • Giovanni Alfonso Borelli

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