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November 19, 1938

A Textbook of Physiology

JAMA. 1938;111(21):1958. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790470070032

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This edition of a popular intermediate textbook in physiology is in several respects an improvement on previous ones. The hormones and vitamins are more adequately treated than before. The section on higher central nervous system activity is particularly clearly written. The occasional phonetic analysis of words, as on page 170, is, however, of questionable propriety. A student sufficiently advanced to read the book should be acquainted with such words. A number of illustrations of out of date apparatus are still included, for example one of Dudgeon's sphygmograph. In general the illustrations are well selected and competently reproduced. There is a twenty page index which is well organized. A particularly distressing thing about the book is that the publisher's "blurb" on the jacket is a model for rhetorical errors and is in bad taste generally. Such statements as "In fact the entire make-up of the book was that good that it

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