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April 23, 1938

The Human Body

JAMA. 1938;110(17):1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790170074035

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Since its first publication, some 200,000 copies of this book have been distributed to American readers. In his preface Dr. Clendening points out that he has revised almost every page and that the chapters on nutrition and the ductless glands have particularly needed complete recasting to bring them into line with the rapid progress that is being made in these departments. He also added a separate chapter on the infectious diseases. His philosophy on medical matters has not considerably changed, so that the original philosophy and a number of the original jokes still remain. The book is illustrated mostly with line drawings taken from illustrations in various medical works. The style of the author and his humanness make his book on the human body the attractive work that it is. His chapter on the relations of the mind to the body is a forthright and honest analysis of the power

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