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February 13, 1937

Starling's Principles of Human Physiology

JAMA. 1937;108(7):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070067027

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In subject matter this is one of the most complete single volume textbooks on the subject of physiology. However, this very fact constitutes its most serious defect as a textbook for medical students: there is a tendency to become lost in the mass of information. This defect is, however, to a considerable extent neutralized by the clear lucid style and logical treatment consistently followed throughout. Bibliographic references appear as footnotes on the same pages with citations. In addition, each chapter or special section carries at the end a list of references to monographs, special treatises and reviews. The value of some of the illustrations in proportion to the added cost of inclusion is questionable. For example, figure 450 is a full page cut of roentgenograms of the thorax at inspiration and expiration. Numerous consultations with students have revealed that this illustration means nothing to the average student. The same kind

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