Some physiologists will have it that the stomach is a mill;others, that
it is a fermenting vat;others again that it is a
stew-pan;but in my view of the matter, it is neither a mill, a
fermenting vat, nor a stew-panbut a stomach, gentlemen,
a stomach. William Hunter Quoted in J A
Paris A Treatise on Diet (1824), epigraph, from a note made by Hunter
on one of his lectures.