"Observe by the way, That all the Organs consist of little Threads, or Nerves; which have their Origine in the Middle of the Brain, are diffused thence throughout all the Members which have any Sense, and terminate in the exterior Parts of the Body: That when we are in Health, and awake, one End of these Nerves cannot be agitated, or shaken, without shaking the other; by reason they are always a little stretch'd, as is the Case of a stretch'd Cord, one Part of which cannot be stirr'd without a like Motion of all the rest."
— Chambers, Ephraim (1680-1740)
Ephraim Chambers, Cyclopædia; or, an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; Containing the Definitions of the Terms, and Accounts of the Thing Signify'd Thereby 2 vols. (London: James & John Knapton, 1728). <Link to ESTC><Link to UWDC edition: vol. I, vol. II>