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January 1, 1938

A Textbook of General Biology

JAMA. 1938;110(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790010073028

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This book is the outgrowth of the course of instruction in biology given at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., during the last ten years. The material was used in class work in mimeograph form for several years and it had the advantages, therefore, of improvements and criticisms from practical use. The book opens with the following statement: "Biology is the science of life.... It is concerned with all things that live; with their structures, their functions and their activities, physical and chemical, and psychological." A general biology course admits of many lines of approach. It must lay the foundation for future work in special fields and at the same time satisfy the student's curiosity about life and arouse a wide interest. This book is arranged in three parts. Part one treats of life as a whole; a typical animal, a typical plant; typical one-celled life, and bacterial life. Questions of

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