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July 3, 1943

An Introduction to Biophysics

JAMA. 1943;122(10):715. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840270073041

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In spite of the great importance of physics for the understanding of physiologic and therapeutic procedures, relatively little has been done to prepare students of medicine adequately in the physical foundations of physiology and medicine. The present book is a successful attempt in this direction. It deals with the physics of x-rays and radioactivity and discusses the physical principles involved in the microscope and the electron microscope. In addition, physical problems encountered in the study of the functions of the eye and ear are presented. Moreover, a discussion of the physics of surface membranes is given. The presentation of these problems is clear and is supported by numerous diagrams. Unfortunately, it is somewhat difficult to the average student of medicine. The reviewer suggests for a further edition an expansion and possibly a more elementary treatment of the problems involved. Topics which could be added should include the physics of temperature

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