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July 26, 1924

Interfacial Forces and Phenomena in Physiology. Being the Herter Lectures in New York in March, 1922.

JAMA. 1924;83(4):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660040065040

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Biologists are generally agreed that surface phenomena play an important part in life processes; therefore, such a book as this should be of particular interest. Unfortunately, our definite knowledge and the facts available for correlation are decidedly limited, and a discourse on this subject must content itself mainly with the treatment of such processes in which the principles might rather than do apply, with considerable controversy of opinion. We should remember, however, that many of our best recognized laws were once severely denounced as "radical" hypotheses. Bayliss gives a good exposition of elementary and fundamental ideas underlying surface phenomena. He presents a wealth of ideas of how surface phenomena may be important in physiology, and the facts that have been gathered in support of these, displaying a wide and critical grasp of the literature. He also points out in some cases the type of experimentation that might be followed to

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