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March 9, 1940

Physiology in Health and Disease

JAMA. 1940;114(10):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810100083042

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The present edition is a great improvement over the first. A number of new illustrations have been added. The entire section on muscle has been rewritten and rearranged, as has also the second section on neurophysiology, so that both read much more smoothly. Despite the inclusion of new material, the total number of pages is slightly less than in the first edition but considerably greater than in the second edition. Despite the general improvement in composition, the subject matter appears to be still rather unbalanced. The number of pages in the section on neurophysiology has been increased, but in most of the other sections except the one on circulation the number has been reduced. This may perhaps be justifiable in most instances but certainly gastrointestinal physiology and metabolism deserve more balanced treatment in comparison to circulation. The illustrations are excellent. The author has maintained the policy of putting references in

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