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August 7, 1937

Human Physiology: A Practical Course

JAMA. 1937;109(6):458. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780320060035

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This book is intended mainly for the use of medical students in courses in physiology; it gives detailed directions for various experiments that can be done on human subjects. Unfortunately, many of these experiments are of a kind which, in the United States, would be reserved for courses in physiologic chemistry. If one leaves these out of account there remains little that will be of help to American teachers of physical physiology excepting those already addicted to the use of Douglas bags and bicycle ergometers. The nervous systems and special senses are omitted, as the authors point out in their preface, but this is a field in which many medical students particularly need more experience. So, for instance, it would be interesting to apply simple tests that would reveal, even if they did not diagnose exactly, the disturbed mental state of a person in an anoxemia chamber or during voluntary

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