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No better review of Professor Main's brief textbook can be offered than the first paragraph of his preface: "Physicians and senior medical students often ask me to recommend a physiology text for review purposes, or to learn what has been added to our knowledge of physiology since they studied the subject. When, with yearly increasing exertion, I lift a standard text from my desk, they recoil in horror at its size, stating emphatically that they want a little book which hits the high spots. So here is a small book which attempts to cover the essentials." The book seems to accomplish its author's purpose. Here is a practical work for the reader who is determined to cover the field of physiology in the least possible time, who requires each bit of information to be catalogued as either known, unknown or speculative. No words are wasted; there are no eponyms, no
Synopsis of Physiology. JAMA. 1947;134(2):215. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880190103032