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September 14, 1964

Handbook of Physiology: A Critical, Comprehensive Presentation of Physiological Knowledge and Concepts. Section 4: Adaptation to the Environment

JAMA. 1964;189(11):870-871. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070110072038

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This large volume, the fourth section of the Handbook of Physiology issued by the American Physiological Society, continues a series aimed at "critical, comprehensive presentation of physiological knowledge and concepts." Headed by section editor D. B. Dill, an international group of over 50 contributors have here compiled a reference work of broad scope and expert quality. The present volume departs somewhat from the pattern of the first three sections of the Handbook; those are devoted to neurophysiology, circulation, and respiration. Others to follow, under the direction of Maurice B. Visscher, chairman of the Handbook Editorial Committee, will deal with the remaining organ systems.

Adaptation to the Environment, while not divided into parts, has its 65 chapters falling into three groups. The first few chapters present a general view of adaptation: history, theoretical considerations, and scope. Twelve chapters are devoted to the roles of organ systems in adaptation. The principal environments

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