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February 23, 1952

A Textbook of General Physiology

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By Hugh Davson, D.Sc., Scientific Staff, Medical Research Council, London. Cloth. $7. Pp. 659, with 288 illustrations. Blakiston Company (division of Doubleday & Company, Inc.), 1012 Walnut St., Philadelphia 5; J. & A. Churchill, Ltd., 104 Gloucester Pl., Portman Sq., London, W.1, [1951].

JAMA. 1952;148(8):686. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930080096033

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Abstract

The author has collected in this book the results of modern research of the general physiologist, who "attempts to explain living phenomena in terms of concepts familiar in the basic sciences of physics and chemistry." The book has six major divisions: the structural basis of living matter, the transformations of energy in living systems, the transport of water and solutes, the characteristics of excitable tissue, the mechanism of muscle contraction, and the emission and effects of light. The intention of the author was to produce a work comparable to the classic "Principles of General Physiology" of William Bayliss. In this he has largely succeeded, for he has caught the spirit of his predecessor admirably. Though Bayliss may never have heard of semantics and operational analysis, he had the good sense to avoid defining a given word in terms of other indefinable words; he illustrated general principles by means of specific

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