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THE EARLY BIOLOGY

she makes glands and hair; she (as the stu­dent's natural aptitude or inaptitude) can prepare the way for and offer resistance to in­struction; she is all-sufficient; she produces natural species and legislates language; in dis­ease she may withhold signs, but may be con­strained by art to yield them; the means em­ployed by her are likened to the means in use in the arts." 4

One of the Hippocratic treatises, probably dating from the close of the fifth century, gives much zoological information, and even suggests something like a classification of animals and plants. Another, somewhat later in date, discusses with great intelligence the generation of animals and plants. It is a worthy predecessor of Aristotle's works upon these matters.6

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