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April 17, 1926

The Science of Biology. An Introductory Study.

JAMA. 1926;86(16):1236-1237. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670420060034

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The author apparently conceived a plan that he was unable to justify in his unhappily named textbook. In general, this plan is that laid down by the taxonomist. To treat plants and animals virtually order by order, along with a consideration of all branches of biology, in a single book, presents a stupendous task which should require much thought as to organization and balance, in addition to thorough command of scientific fact. But it is difficult to say whether the chaotic arrangement of material or the complete innocence of scientific knowledge is the more glaring. The text is couched in pitiful English, which of itself would convey a confused meaning. A jerky style, in which sentence follows sentence with no evident interrelationship, contributes to the general confusion. On page 447, one marvels at the extremes to which precocity goes when "Cases have occurred in which there was an unusually early

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