May 14, 1955

Human Physiology

JAMA. 1955;158(2):148-149. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960020054028

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This edition of the textbook of physiology for medical students continues along the lines set in the first edition. In the words of its authors, "It must expound ideas taken from several sciences applied to physiology; it must explain the general principles of physiology and the functions of the different organs and systems, as well as their correlations; finally, it must integrate information obtained by the clinical and experimental study of altered function." Furthermore, it should emphasize the constant process of advancement and not be a catalogue of completed statements, and statements should be supported, as far as it is practical, by the actual proof or evidence for them. Finally, although any provincial presentation of physiology would be unthinkable, a slight extra emphasis is intended on the work of Latin America and especially of the authors' group. In general, these objectives are attained and the volume is an effective balance

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