May 1957

Perspectives in Physiology.

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Edited by Ilza Veith. Price, $3. Pp. 171, with 16 illustrations. American Physiological Society, 9650 Wisconsin Ave., Washington 14, D. C., 1954.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(5):845-846. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260050173033

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For anyone interested in medical education in this country and abroad, the excellent essays contained in "Perspectives in Physiology" should give grounds for serious thought. This book documents clearly and in a personal way the many different relationships to physiology to medicine and biology, how the problems vary from country to country, and the wide range of efforts at solutions of such problems as exist. Reduced to the simplest terms, scientists, teachers, and scholars in physiology are not reproducing themselves fast enough to keep up with the increasing demand and scope of their discipline. The basic reason is a financial one and is of grave concern to all those interested in medical education who can see the writing on the wall. The failure of the basic sciences to improve their financial situation will mean an inevitable decline in the quality of medical schools and students and ultimately can lead only

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