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The second edition of Howell's physiology carries out the principle enunciated in the preface of the first edition, viz., to furnish the student with such a selection of facts as shall enable him to form an intelligent idea of the state of knowledge without referring to all of the conflicting statements found in physiologic literature, the force of which can only be properly appreciated by the specialist. The author has assumed the responsibility of sifting the evidence and emphasizing those conclusions that seem to be most justified by experiment and observation. Some questions are discussed on which opinion is not finally settled, but in these cases the evidence on both sides is summed up in a way which affords the student an opportunity to form an opinion while he is impressed with the fact that the theories of physiology are open to modification by further investigation. In the present edition
Text-Book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(14):1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530140056025