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March 2, 1918

Kirkes' Handbook of Physiology.

JAMA. 1918;70(9):646. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600090066032

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For the information of those unfamiliar with the general plan of this well known textbook, the following brief statements might be made: Three introductory chapters, dealing with the phenomena of life, structure of the tissues (histology), and an outline of physiologic chemistry, cover 117 pages of text. The succeeding chapters deal with mechanical and chemical physiology, many chapters ending with laboratory experiments on the particular subject under discussion. The text ends in the conventional manner with two chapters (Chapters XVI and XVII) on the reproductive organs and development, followed by a carefully prepared subject index.

It is apparent that the book is not designed for study by medical students, or as a reference book for physicians. This follows from the extensive, illustrated treatment of histology and elementary physiologic chemistry, subjects that are usually classed as prerequisites to physiology. Again, the majority of the laboratory experiments are quite simple. Some, on

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