Man, the Unknown L'Homme, cet inconnu is a best-selling [ citation needed ] book by Alexis Carrel where he endeavours to outline a comprehensive account what is known and more importantly unknown of the human body and human life. The book elucidates problems of the modern world, and possible routes to a better life for human beings. They have been fascinated by the beauty of the sciences of inert matter. They have not understood that their body and consciousness are subjected to natural laws, more obscure than, but as inexorable as, the laws of the sidereal world.
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This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. In this volume we observe Alexis Carrel, philosopher, as he surveys the human being with a background of knowledge of physiology, biology and medicine.
His introductory chapters indicate the extent of our knowledge and many of the points at which new research is needed. He then discusses the necessity for understanding man as the greatest of all sciences, and indicates some of the technical difficulties encountered in this study.
Here he indicates the position which animal experimentation may occupy in the course of such research. Especial attention is paid to the necessity of work on dogs. From this point Dr. Carrel passes to a consideration of various special functions and of the manner in which these functions are disturbed by disease. He emphasizes particularly the effects of the glands of sex and the part played by the male and female elements in reproduction.
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Man the Unknown