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October 3, 1925

An Introduction to Sexual Physiology.

JAMA. 1925;85(14):1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670140070037

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From such subjects as zoology, botany, anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, obstetrics and sociology Dr. Marshall has constructed a compact volume. His treatment of the mechanism of reproduction begins with the ameba and ends with man. In discussing internal secretions of the reproductive organs, he touches on the rejuvenation operation of Steinach. The rôle of chromosomes leads him to the subject of inherited characteristics. In the last chapter, entitled "Fertility," he takes up vitamins, artificial insemination, the birth rate and the vexed question of birth control—his nearest approach to argumentation. The book is written in direct, finished, judicial style. It is crammed with information and excellently illustrated, partly in color. Too technical for the reader without a background in biology, it is not technical enough for the student of medicine. It would be interesting and fairly profitable reading for the summer before entering medical school.

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