By Sir Charles Bell
This 1833 research of the hand by means of Sir Charles Bell, a number one professor of surgical procedure and anatomy, is without doubt one of the Bridgewater Treatises, which arose from the preoccupation of nineteenth-century Christians with analyzing God's production within the gentle of up to date medical advancements. Bell's treatise means that via taking a look in shut element at small matters, God's function in construction may be basically obvious, while extra normal experiences of the universe and the good traditional cycles of astronomy and geology can vague the intelligence in the back of their particular beneficial properties. Bell stresses the significance of the hand in human historical past, the growth of society and the advance of know-how and layout. He considers features of the mechanical structures of alternative animals, and sees their constitution as a made from their functionality. This comparability serves to hyperlink people with different creatures, but additionally defines their superiority in the course of the sublimity of layout.
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Not 44 COMPARATIVE ANATOMY only are the lower limbs longer and larger than those of any other animal, but the pelvis is wider, and the obliquity of the neck of the thigh bone greater. The distances of the large processes on the upper ends of the thigh bones (the trochanters,) from the sockets, are also greater than in any of the vertebrata. Altogether the strength of these bones, the size and prominence of their processes, the great mass of the muscles of the loins and hips, distinguish man from every other animal; they secure to him the upright posture, and give him the perfect freedom of the arms, for purposes of ingenuity and art.
The tail answers all the purposes of a hand, and the animal throws itself about from branch to branch, sometimes swinging from the foot, sometimes by the hand, but oftener and with a greater reach by the tail. The prehensile part of the tail is covered only with skin, forming an organ of touch, as discriminating as the hand. The Caraya, or Black howling monkey of Cumana, when shot, C 18 THE WHOLE SKELETON the brutes, he would no longer work as an artificer, nor protect himself with a breast-plate, nor fashion a sword or spear, nor invent a bridle to mount the horse and hunt the lion.
ANIMALS OF PECULIAR FORM. * Just so, the Indian perfectly naked, his hair cut short, and his skin oiled, creeps under the canvass of the tent, and moving like a ghost, stretches out his hand, with a motion so gentle as to displace nothing, and to disturb not even those who are awake and watching. Against such thieves, we are told, that it is hardly possible to guard; and thus, the necessities or vicious desires of man subjugate him, and make him acquire, by practice, the wiliness which is implanted as instinct in brutes ; or we may say that in our reason we are brought to imitate the irrational creatures, and so to vindicate the necessity for their particular instincts, of which every class affords examples ; we have them in insects, as striking as in the loris, or the chamelion.