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January 2, 1937

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

JAMA. 1937;108(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780010081035

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This first venture into the field of authorship by a man whose major interest for many years has been the teaching of elementary physiology to college students is a well arranged and constructed textbook in which the good features of earlier editions have been retained and amplified on the basis of the author's experience in this particular field. Experience in teaching elementary physiology motivates a general criticism, which applies to most elementary textbooks on physiology; namely, too great a degree of attenuation of factual material and too little effort to apply facts to everyday life. A student in a course to which this textbook is applicable will in most instances never go any further in the study of physiology. It is all the more important, therefore, that every possible application be made to circumstances of living. This textbook fails largely to accomplish this end except in a brief appendix on

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