The Annual Meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York

1879 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Finally, it is to be added that when a muscle is made to contract it does not regain its original length completely unless elongated by exterior force, a muscle not being very elastic, as is commonly supposed, but, on the contrary, exceedingly plastic. The rate at which a muscle lengthens out again diminishes as the height and number of the contractions increase. Hence it is that when a series of induction shocks follow one another through the muscle at regular, short intervals, they at first
more » ... ls, they at first produce muscular twitches, but afterwards, when the elongation of the muscle is slower, they apparently fuse together and form a tetanus. The fact that muscles do not naturally elongate of themselves explains the distortion produced by paralysis of one side of a limb, for then the muscles on the sound side contract and never elongate completely, because the antagonistic muscles, which normally pull them out again, are THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. The session this season, which was held at Albany on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of February, was one of the best attended and most attractive that have been held for some years past, the papers, as a rule, being of greater scientific and professional interest than those usually presented at the meetings of the state society. The following are the principal officers elected for the ensuing year : president,
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