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October 30, 1926

Handbuch der Physiologie der niederen Sinne.

JAMA. 1926;87(18):1502. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680180074035

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This is the first of three volumes dealing with the physiology of the so-called lower senses. In the first 345 pages von Skramlik discusses most thoroughly the sense of smell. He discusses the relation of smell to ingestion of food, relations of man to man, social intercourse in the past and present (perfumes, powders) and its significance in poetic and literary efficiency. He defends the proposition that smell, on the other hand, is a poor protective measure against various substances compared with the activities of the fifth nerve. Reviewing the physiologic anatomy of the olfactory apparatus, he calls attention to the fact that we smell only those volatile substances in the air which are finely divided, for fluids containing such substances give no sense of smell. From page 61 to page 119 the origin of olfactory substances is discussed, with chemical formulas and nature of the induced smell. The author

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