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November 20, 1937

Einführung in die chemische Physiologie

JAMA. 1937;109(21):1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780470073032

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This introductory work, if thoroughly mastered, would result in a rather intimate acquaintance with the subject in question. The author begins with a descriptive account of the chemical groundwork of the body and proceeds to a functional treatment of the dynamic chemistry of vital processes. The selection of material is judicious and the work is well balanced. The author apologizes in his preface for not being able to include references to the original literature. In the body of the text, however, he proceeds to mention names, without references, of investigators of particular fields. In this he betrays a common failing by mentioning thirty German and central European names to ten of all other nationalities in approximately twenty pages taken at random for a test count. This is an unfortunate and insidious tendency of many writers of all groups, but it should certainly be guarded against in science, which, of all

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