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January 11, 1913

Principles of Human Physiology.

JAMA. 1913;60(2):155. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340020063033

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A new text-book of physiology which will take full advantage of the recent discoveries in physics and chemistry is much neeed. The present work of Professor Starling appears to be founded on this idea and the conception is carried out in an admirable manner. The work is introduced by a section which gives a quite exhaustive description of the chemical character of the constituents of protoplasm and the chemical changes in living matter. This includes the newer ideas with regard to the structure of proteins and a statement of the recent acquisitions in physical chemistry, which are of such great importance in explaining the phenomena of the animal body. The structure and functions of the nervous system are considered in much detail; a similar thoroughness is shown in the treatment of digestion, circulation, respiration, etc. The author calls attention to the fact that while the book does not demand a great amount of preliminary knowledge on

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