This was the function of the brain itself, although it could not exist without the heart, the center of the organic life.
In contrast, the animal life involved harmonious, symmetrical organs such as the eyes, ears, and limbs.
It included habit and memory and was ruled by the wit and the intellect.
Famously, Bichat defined life as "those set of functions which resist death". The organic life was the life of the heart, intestines, and other organs.
Bichat theorized that this life was regulated through the ganglionic nervous system, a collection of small independent "brains" in the chest cavity.
Gone are the days of my phone, tablet and computer constantly buzzing with e-mails from people who want to sign up. No more duplicate items or deciding who responded first to bring the juice boxes.
No more reminders to myself to remind other people of the obligations they signed up for.
He had now scope in his physiological lectures for a fuller exposition of his original views on the animal economy, which excited much attention in the medical schools at Paris.
Sketches of these doctrines were given by him in three papers contained in the Memoirs of the Société Médicale d'Émulation, which he founded in 1796, and they were afterwards more fully developed in his Traité sur les membranes (Treatise on Membranes, 1799).
was a French anatomist and pathologist; he is known as the father of histology.