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July 17, 1937

The Physiological Basis of Medical Practice: A University of Toronto Text in Applied Physiology

JAMA. 1937;109(3):230. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780290052024

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While this textbook will be of great value to the physician, it is doubtful that it will prove attractive to most medical students because of the unnecessarily voluminous text and the extraordinarily unoriginal and monotonous style. The authors proceed with no introduction into general physiology or exposition of biologic or physicochemical principles to discuss one of the most complex phases of physiology—the blood. Experience of most physiologists is that the more effective approach to physiology is through other less intricate phases of the subject. About a hundred pages of the text is occupied by bibliographic references. Out of more than 2,000 such individual references less than 100 are from literature in other than the English language. One wonders if this is a new expression of Anglophilic nationalism or merely a concession to the average student's inability to read these languages. While the textual material is sound in content and for

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