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The Monthly musical record Volume 16

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...purposes. It is therefore of vital importance that this medium be so developed as to be completely under the control of the brain power. It is a physiological law that before a muscle can exercise its function of contraction, a telegraphic communication, as it were (the act of volition), must be transmitted to it, through the motor nerve from the brain, calling such muscle into activity. If, however, its powers of activity are in a sluggish, undeveloped state, it cannot readily respond to the mental call, and consequently it becomes a factor of inutility, and a bar to the proper working of the technical machine. It is also a physiological law that ' the function of an organ increases with its use;' consequently, by a proper development of the whole of the muscles of the hand, wrist, and arm, they can be made to respond most sensitively to 'the process of thought';. in fact, a perfect insulation of sensitive action between the brain and hand can be obtained, so that the mind can hold to its command the muscular action of the hand, together with the sense of touch. "In his excellent work upon ' The Hand,' Sir Charles Bell says: 'Seeing the perfection of the human hand, both in structure and endowments, we can hardly be surprised at some philosophers entertaining the opinion of Anaxagoras that the superiority of man is owing to his hand, for it is in the human hand that we perceive the consummation of all perfection as an instrument, it being capable, by development, of executing whatever his ingenuity suggests.' "How sensitive the touch of the blind becomes by constant development of the nerves and muscles of the hand; so that their loss of sight finds a substitute by a constant system of telegraphy to the brain, by means of sensitive nerves and mus...
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