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May 2, 1931

The Conquest of Life.

JAMA. 1931;96(18):1533. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720440081040

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The author presents this book as a guide, as an appeal for humanized and popularized knowledge. He shows that while the human intellect has not changed since the days of Plato, man has the advantage of a huge inheritance—the accumulated facts of science gathered through the centuries. Man's world has been changed by this accumulation of fact and the discoveries made possible by it. It is this new world that Dr. Koppanyi seeks to make known to the layman. In nontechnical language he tells of the great advances made possible by the discovery of the microscope; he pictures the cell and leads up to the work of the biologic chemist, "who occupies the front line in the modern battle of the conquest of life." In general the book serves its purpose as an introduction to such topics as embryology, glands, animal behavior and the conquest of disease; but certain chapters,

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