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November 20, 1943

The Physiological Basis of Medical Practice: A University of Toronto Text in Applied Physiology

JAMA. 1943;123(12):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840470064034

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Abstract

An accepted textbook of physiology again reaches a high standard of excellence, in this, the third edition. The impetus in medical research is especially reflected in physiology. It necessitates constant revision and a sifting process to present to the student simple and concise material. Best and Taylor have followed, as in previous editions, their concept of presenting physiologic facts as underlying clinical problems. A carefully selected bibliography and a wealth of digested material between its covers render it an unusual reference book for all practitioners of medicine. A careful perusal may lead to the conclusion that at times controversies as to theory have been taken up too fully. Thus fundamental and imperative physiologic facts may seem buried in a welter of detail. The section on blood clotting is a good example of how clearly an intricate mechanism can be described. Probably the important subject of shock has been undertreated. Chapters

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