May 1957

Lectures on the Scientific Basis of Medicine. Vol. IV: 1954-55.

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Edited by British Postgraduate Medical Federation. Price, 37 s. 6 d., $6.50. Pp. 397, with illustrations. Athlone Press, University of London, 2 Gower St., London, W. C. 1, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(5):843. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260050171027

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Conscientious physicians who are haunted by the lost battle of keeping up with "the medical literature" from time to time may get solace from reading such essays as are contained in this volume. Most of them will be perfectly intelligible to physicians, and a good many could be understood by the well-educated layman. They give a survey of what is going on and a recapitulation of current work in diverse fields of modern science. Even for those in esoteric corners of biology and medicine, the writers have managed to present abstruse material in a way which is not just understandable but a pleasure to read. The essays run the gamut from "Why Biophysics?," by A. V. Hill, to "Histochemistry and its Application to the Basic Sciences," by Pearse. Among the remarkable and delightful pieces of information, one may glean an example from Sir Victor Negus—the fact the muscles which rotate

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