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October 25, 1913

Human Physiology.

JAMA. 1913;61(17):1561. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350180061027

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This extensive work, which has run through a number of editions in the Italian and which has been translated into several languages, has not heretofore appeared in English. The first volume covers the subjects of circulation and respiration, the second volume internal secretion, digestion, excretion and the skin. The book states conclusions from physiologic research and also enters largely into the history and the literature regarding them. The attitude of the author in regard to the phenomena of life, in contrast to that of some of the German physiologists, is stated as follows: "No sincere worker in the positive or scientific direction can deny that the specifically vital somatic phenomena, i. e., those by which living beings are differentiated from inorganic bodies, are inexplicable by the known laws of chemistry and physics, and... are altogether remote from mechanical explanation." An interesting feature of the book is the assertion of the

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