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December 21, 1935

A Textbook of Physiology

JAMA. 1935;105(25):2098. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760510070031

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This well known textbook has been extensively rewritten in regard to endocrinology, nutrition and neurophysiology. The book is suitable for intermediate courses in physiology and should be intelligible to students with little previous knowledge of anatomy or biochemistry. There is a great deal of reliable information in the volume, although some of it has been too greatly condensed to be readily grasped. Occasionally it is difficult to agree with the author's choice of interpretations. For example, although he says that Hering's theory of color vision is less commonly accepted than Helmholtz's theory, he describes only the former. The physiology of the circulation occupies ninety pages, yet there is no mention of the electrocardiogram. A paragraph is devoted to the "staircase" phenomenon and one to tetanus in heart muscle. An incomprehensible picture of Dudgeon's sphygmograph, among other illustrations of obsolete apparatus, might well be eliminated from future editions. For a textbook

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