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This is a new edition of "Clinical Physiology," which was published in 1957. Dr. Grollman notes that the new title better expresses the aim of the book, which is now about 140 pages longer, has several new authors and new chapters, as well as rearrangements of old chapters.
In the editor's words, "The purpose... is to present to the senior medical student, the intern, and the practitioner the basic physiologic principles of clinical medicine." This is an important objective in presentday medical teaching. The need to bring the basic sciences close to clinical medicine has resulted in courses called "pathophysiology" or "the scientific basis for medical practice." Moreover, the rapid increase in courses for graduates and the emphasis on continuing medical education make it necessary to have books available which emphasize understanding the science of medicine. Just how far this book accomplishes the high purpose intended is open to some
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