April 1927

The Physiology of the Continuity of Life.

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By Noel Paton, M.D., B.S.c., LL.D., F.R.S., Regius Professor of Physiology, University of Glasgow. Pp 226, with subject and author index, and 78 illustrations London: The Macmillan Company, Limited, 1926.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;39(4):602. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130040140013

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This is a short monograph on the physiology of reproduction and inheritance from the standpoint of a physiologist. The book is based on lectures delivered to the students in physiology in the University of Glasgow during the past five years. The author assumes that the reader has some knowledge of chemistry, zoology and general physiology. He presents and attempts to criticize and analyze theories and facts in the large and important fields of inheritance and reproduction. He says in the preface: "In every branch of physiology there is the tendency to give and accept ex cathedra teaching, which is soul destroying alike for the teacher and the student. Perhaps in no part of physiology is the tendency to authoritative teaching more seen than in that which concerns reproduction and inheritance. Certain conclusions have been generally accepted as choses jugés, about which further discussion is deemed unnecessary, but, upon examination, many

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