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September 12, 1942

The Rat in Laboratory Investigation

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By a Staff of Thirty Contributors. Edited by John Q. Griffith Jr., M.D., Associate in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Edmond J. Farris, Ph.D., Executive Director and Associate in Anatomy, Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, Philadelphia. Cloth. Price, $7.50. Pp. 488, with 178 illustrations. Philadelphia, Montreal & London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1942.

JAMA. 1942;120(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830370076033

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This is a unique publication. The albino rat has come to be the most widely used laboratory animal, since it is relatively inexpensive and is easy to breed, house and work with. Further, it has been well standardized, so that laboratory workers can compare their results with those of earlier workers in the field and with contemporary research in other laboratories.

The present volume is prepared primarily for those doing original investigative work. It should be of value also to students, technicians and those engaged in breeding rats. The clinician would find it of interest as a reference work on nutrition, psychologic phenomena and comparative anatomy. It might well serve as a reminder of the tremendous amount of exceedingly detailed work necessary in building a foundation in preparation for any laboratory scientific research program.

The book is exceedingly well edited, and the contributions of the thirty different authors fit nicely

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