May 17, 1930

Physiology and Biochemistry in Modern Medicine.

Author Affiliations

By J. J. R. Macleod, M.B., LL.D., D.Sc., Regius Professor of Physiology in the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Assisted by Roy G. Pearce, A. C. Redfield, N. B. Taylor, J. M. D. Olmstead and others. Sixth edition. Cloth. Price, $11. Pp. 1074, with 295 illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1930.

JAMA. 1930;94(20):1623. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710460077033

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Physicians, especially those who have been out of school twenty years, need this book. Biochemistry and physiology have contributed much to scientific medicine in that time. The author emphasizes particularly the application of this new knowledge to the practice of medicine. He does not, therefore, discuss physiology and chemistry solely from the teacher's or investigator's point of view. Since 1918 this book has passed through six editions. Many physicians will find the story of the development of the electrocardiograph and that of the autonomic nervous system as interesting as biography or a novel. Others will enjoy reviewing partially forgotten facts concerning the respiratory quotient, the calory requirement, metabolism and the vitamins. The discovery and development of insulin, in which the author took a conspicuous part, the ketogenic-antiketogenic ratios and the ductless glands are reviewed. Some of the experimental work is illustrated. The book is intended primarily to supplement the regular

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