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March 26, 1938

Ascaris: The Biologist's Story of Life

JAMA. 1938;110(13):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790130121022

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It is a pleasure to read a book written by any one so well qualified in his field as the author of this attractive volume. When in addition the writer has a pronounced gift for writing and presents a great number of clear and attractive drawings to illustrate the text of the book, it is certain to be popular. Starting with an exceedingly simple discussion of adaptation to life, he refers to many simple animal forms. The following chapters discuss such problems as the form and color of animals and the purposes of skin and methods of protection of the body, including immunization. There is a minute discussion of the special senses. The author ends the book in the discussion of heredity, embryology and related topics with considerable detail. Throughout the entire book one notes that simple direct method with a vast amount of detail which can be presented only

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