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August 3, 1940

Anatomie générale: Origines des formes et des structures anatomiques

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Par H. Rouvière, professeur d'anatomie à la Faculté de médecine de Paris. Paper. Price, 70 francs. Pp. 192, with 96 illustrations. Paris: Masson & Cie, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;115(5):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810310066026

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Rouvière is already well known in this country through his books and papers, especially his Anatomie humaine descriptive et topographique and through his Anatomie des lymphatiques de l'homme. The present volume is the result of a thoughtful and thorough study of the physical and chemical and biologic factors which influence the growth and the structure of bones, cartilage, ligaments, circulatory apparatus, muscles and tendons, lungs, liver and kidneys. This study lies in the field intermediate between biology and physics where many think biologic science is likely to make most progress in the next few decades. Undoubtedly processes that are frankly physical or chemical play a large part in animal bodies, but always they are combined with biologic processes; it is better understanding of this combination that is needed. Biologic processes consist partly in ontogenic stimuli acting throughout life and in their interaction with environmental stimuli. The relation of the germ

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