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June 26, 1943

Man in Structure and Function

JAMA. 1943;122(9):641. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840260069031

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This work, originally published in German in 1939 under the title "Der Mensch gesund und krank," offers to the nonmedical reader unquestionably the best presentation of the structure and function of the human body anywhere available. Although the text is somewhat advanced for persons under senior high school age, the illustrations, which are by far the best part of the book, can be explained satisfactorily even to small children. There are more than four hundred and fifty illustrations and large plates which actually provide animated drawings of the tissues of the human body.

As a textbook of hygiene this work is especially satisfactory, since it adopts the rational point of view. Faddism is invariably deprecated. The considerations of vegetarianism and the use of tea, coffee, tobacco and alcohol are sound.

Following a brief consideration of the development of life and the structure of the skeleton and musculature of the body

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