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The medical student is concerned primarily with the facts of physiology. The practitioner of medicine deals with applied physiology; that is to say, with the functions of the body in health and in disease. The book by Dr. Wright is therefore perhaps the most useful work on physiology for the practitioner that has yet been available. In discussing the functions of the various portions of the spinal cord, he deals also with such symptoms as lightning pains and the various forms of paralysis. He discusses the reflexes in their relationship to disease. A section on the parathyroid glands is followed by a consideration of tetany and rickets. The chapter on muscular exercises provides the physical and chemical changes in muscle during activity and then the functions of respiration and the metabolism of oxygen associated with muscle action, leading finally to a consideration of dyspnea. The physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract
Applied Physiology. JAMA. 1927;89(7):545–546. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690070055040
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