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February 13, 1943

Starling's Principles of Human Physiology

JAMA. 1943;121(7):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840070078037

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This edition of Starling's textbook is much improved over the preceding one in that it gives evidence throughout of more care in preparation and selection of material. The rare feat of successfully integrating the results of new investigations with the classic pictures of function has been successfully accomplished without any ruthless iconoclasm. Of course, it is doubtful whether we have a right to expect any one author, or even any small group of authors, to be able to write in one volume a well balanced textbook of physiology and keep up, at the same time, with the mass of new material being published. While the section on the central nervous system, as well as that on special senses, has been revised thoroughly, that devoted to nutrition is entirely inadequate when one considers the importance this has come to assume in modern civilization. Illustrative material throughout is excellent. The subject index

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