April 1975

Best and Taylor's Physiological Basis of Medical Practice,

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Tampa, Fla


ed 9, by John R. Brobeck, PhD, MD, 178 pp, Williams & Wilkins Co., 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(4):627-628. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330040139034

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Most new textbook editions, especially in the field of medical physiology, have suffered from a lack of newness in material and from attempts to satisfy the user's particular needs. Dr. Brobeck and the Williams & Wilkins Co. have gone a long way toward rectifying these past inadequacies in this new edition of Best and Taylor. The stated desire of the editors, which is to provide a medical physiology text geared to the students of the professions without being "encyclopedic," appears to have been rewardingly met. They have managed the virtue of readability attributed to some of the less accurate texts without sacrificing comprehensive coverage. The prospective reader will also be gratified to know that they have accomplished this in addition to an updating of the various sections.

The first, or introductory section, is a potpourri of general membrane and biochemical processes. For the student or practitioner with biochemical leanings, more

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