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OPTIMAL VERSUS NORMAL CONDITIONS OF HEALTH

OPTIMAL VERSUS NORMAL CONDITIONS OF HEALTH Any one who appreciates the value of a "factor of safety" in connection with the body will require little argument to arrive at the conviction that this can probably be secured only through the exhibition of something more than minimal facilities for physiologic function. There may, of course, be a difference between the economies of human-made organizations and those of the living organism. In proposing this possibility, Meltzer 1 has remarked that the factors of safety in mechanical constructions are, after all, only factors of ignorance. Possibly Nature constructs her organisms on an efficient principle that permits the accomplishment of the greatest amount of work with a minimal supply of material and energy. It would be, as Meltzer adds, a fascinating distinction between a dead mechanism and a living organism, if true. Meltzer directed his consideration of the advantages of animal factors of safety against the use of dietary standards http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

OPTIMAL VERSUS NORMAL CONDITIONS OF HEALTH

JAMA , Volume 84 (4) – Jan 24, 1925

OPTIMAL VERSUS NORMAL CONDITIONS OF HEALTH

Abstract


Any one who appreciates the value of a "factor of safety" in connection with the body will require little argument to arrive at the conviction that this can probably be secured only through the exhibition of something more than minimal facilities for physiologic function. There may, of course, be a difference between the economies of human-made organizations and those of the living organism. In proposing this possibility, Meltzer 1 has remarked that the factors of safety in...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1925 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1925.02660300046017
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Abstract

Any one who appreciates the value of a "factor of safety" in connection with the body will require little argument to arrive at the conviction that this can probably be secured only through the exhibition of something more than minimal facilities for physiologic function. There may, of course, be a difference between the economies of human-made organizations and those of the living organism. In proposing this possibility, Meltzer 1 has remarked that the factors of safety in mechanical constructions are, after all, only factors of ignorance. Possibly Nature constructs her organisms on an efficient principle that permits the accomplishment of the greatest amount of work with a minimal supply of material and energy. It would be, as Meltzer adds, a fascinating distinction between a dead mechanism and a living organism, if true. Meltzer directed his consideration of the advantages of animal factors of safety against the use of dietary standards

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 24, 1925

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