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According to this new theory of life, living matter invariably consists of an atomic system (a system made up of chemical atoms) that is organized and interpenetrated by another system. The atomic system is matter, or a material system; the intraatomic system is life, not matter, immaterial. The two systems are constituted of the same kind of ultimate units (positive and negative electrons), but are built on different patterns. The structure of living matter invariably shows this dual pattern. Living matter, then, invariably is a dual system, the constitution (or pattern) of which is partly material and partly immaterial; the
What Is Life?. Ann Intern Med. 1929;2:979–980. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-2-9-979
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