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This is the seventh edition of a volume first produced in 1926. It is the twelfth printing. This in itself should indicate the quality of the work. The volume begins with two quotations which are well worthy of repetition as setting the key of the text:
The simple believeth every word; but the prudent man looketh well to his going (Proverbs 14: 15).
The student must continue to read good English and especially poetry, not only because the use of words is vital to the doctor but also that he may retain the flavor of a lovely language while he is studying from his textbooks (Lancet, Student Number, August 1939).
In his preface the author calls attention to the great accumulation of new information in the field of physiology. He points out that there have been over fourteen thousand abstracts of articles in this field published since 1939, and
Applied Physiology. JAMA. 1941;117(5):405. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820310077037