By Charles Herbert Best and Norman Burke Taylor. A University of Toronto text in applied physiology. Fourth edition. Price, $10. Pp. 1,169. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins Company, 1945.
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In this new (fourth) edition the authors have revised and enlarged on previous editions in order to present adequately the rapidly increasing advances in the field of physiology. It continues to be an excellent textbook of physiology from the conventional laboratory viewpoint. It does not, however, give the clinical viewpoint which the title suggests, nor does it afford the desired bridge from laboratory observation to clinical observation on patients or to therapy based on physiologic knowledge.
It is unfortunate that authors of textbooks of physiology do not more frequently have the clinical viewpoint and the knowledge of clinical problems and clinical literature which can come only from close contact with clinical problems and from carrying the responsibility of solving those problems. This is not a criticism, for no one man, even an "admirable Crichton," could possibly cover adequately the entire field of laboratory physiology and its application to the problems
The Physiological Basis of Medical Practice.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;80(4):561. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220160140011