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October 23, 1937

The Essentials of Chemical Physiology for the Use of Students

JAMA. 1937;109(17):1390-1391. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780430068037

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This edition is the first since the death of Professor Halliburton and embodies certain departures from previous editions. The elementary treatment of organic chemistry has been largely deleted. There has not been as much amplification of the physiologic portion as would be desirable. The treatment of physiologic chemistry, as that term is usually understood, is decidedly elementary for a medical student's textbook and the "chemical physiology," as the authors define it in the first chapter, is also sketchy and obviously written for beginning students. This hybrid treatment of physiology and physiologic chemistry has no adequate pedagogic justification, at least as far as use in the American medical school is concerned. There is no real synthesis of chemistry and physiology, any more than would be gained simply by binding in one cover texts on each. The lack of critical treatment from a physicochemical point of view is typified in the statement

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