December 13, 1952

Basic Medical Physiology.

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By W. B. Youmans, Ph.D., M.D., Professor of Physiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cloth. $7.50. Pp. 436, with 130 illustrations. Year Book Publishers, Inc., 200 E. Illinois St., Chicago 11, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;150(15):1547. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150101038

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Possibly as a protest against the length of recent, multiauthored textbooks of physiology for medical students, the present work undertakes to cover the subject in 409 pages. The eight sections deal with the following topics: excitation, conduction, and response; circulation; respiration; digestion; nutrition and intermediary metabolism; the endocrine system; kidney and urinary tract; and the nervous system and senses. The presentation is accurate, up-to-date, and compact. Its adequacy depends on the kind of laboratory work that accompanies it and on the extent to which the course as a whole is integrated with others in the curriculum. The subject of reproduction, for instance, is apparently disposed of in about seven pages headed "Endocrine Functions of the Gonads." This may be justified in some medical schools where the student is assured of a complete and critical discussion of the physiology of normal reproduction in courses in gynecology, obstetrics, and genitourinary surgery, but

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