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Choose from 27 pictures in our Descartes collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


Descartes idea of the hydraulic action of the nerves, 1692 Featured Print

Descartes idea of the hydraulic action of the nerves, 1692

Descartes idea of the hydraulic action of the nerves, 1692. French philosopher Rene Descartes (1596-1650) believed nerves were hollow, provided with valves, and supplied with fluid to cause the muscles to operate. They are here operating the muscles of the eye, (P and q). From Descartes Opera Philiosophica. (Frankfurt am Main, 1692)

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Descartes representation of the antagonistic eye muscles, 1692 Featured Print

Descartes representation of the antagonistic eye muscles, 1692

Descartes representation of the antagonistic eye muscles, 1692. When E is relaxed A is innervated. Rene Decartes (1596-1650) believed that an animal spirit travelling down hollow nerves C and B contracted the muscles and blew them up, and that they relaxed when the spirit was shut off by valves. From Opera Philosophica by Rene Descartes. (Frankfurt-am-Main, 1692). Originally published in his Tractatus de homine. (Paris, 1664)

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