December 1955

A Textbook of Physiology.

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Edited by John F. Fulton, M.D., Sterling Professor of the History of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine. Seventeenth edition. Price, $13.50. Pp. 1275, with 600 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C. 2, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(6):836. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250170142026

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The seventeenth edition is a complete revision of Howell's "Textbook of Physiology," now edited by Dr. John F. Fulton. The problem of covering the recent advances in the field of physiology has been admirably solved by the selection of qualified contributors for the various chapters. The paper, print, cuts, and drawings are excellent, the arrangement of the references at the end of each chapter is complete and most helpful to the reader.

There appear to be two criticisms of this excellent textbook. It seems that so many details of neurophysiology are stressed that other important systems, such as the gastrointestinal tract, are left wanting in a full discussion of their physiology. Some improvement could also be made if the book had covered, in an organized small chapter, the basic facts on the physiology of the various constituents of the connective tissue. There seems to be a rather urgent need for

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