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April 30, 1927

Recent Advances in Physiology.

JAMA. 1927;88(18):1440. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680440074039

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As indicated in the preface, this book aims "to present to the student who has worked through an ordinary textbook an account of some of the problems with which physiologists have been concerned during recent years," and thus serve to pass the student "more easily into the original literature of those subjects." The book consists of fourteen chapters, the first five of which deal with the physiology of blood morphologically (blood cells) and chemically considered (carbon dioxide carrying power and its reaction). The short, authoritative chapters on the capillary circulation, the physical and chemical aspects of muscular contraction, the mechanisms of postural reflexes and the functions of the labyrinth and the conditioned reflexes are particularly pleasing. Other chapters deal with the output and work of the heart, the mechanism of tissue oxidations, and the active principles of the thyroid, hypophysis and pancreas. The author has performed an admirable task in

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