SIMON RODBARD, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Striking similarities exist between the behavior of rivers and of blood vessels. Rivers erode their banks and deposit sediment to produce islands, thereby modifying the local and even distant geography. Similarly, the bloodstream probably determines certain features of the form and structure of the blood vessels, the heart and the valves.
Discovery of the laws of flow, and study of the structural characteristics of the rock of the river bed, have made it possible to harness tremendous forces and to convert catastrophic floods and erosions into the blessings of irrigation and water power. Elucidation of the hydraulic principles involved in
RODBARD S. PHYSICAL FORCES AND THE VASCULAR LINING12. Ann Intern Med. 1959;50:1339–1351. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-6-1339
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