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April 30, 1938

Macleod's Physiology in Modern Medicine

JAMA. 1938;110(18):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790180104038

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It has become increasingly difficult for any one man to write a comprehensive advanced textbook of physiology. In recognition of this fact, Professor Bard has enlisted the collaboration of eight colleagues in the preparation of this edition of a well established textbook. This destroys to some extent the individuality of any book but the student is unquestionably the gainer in that each section has been prepared with more care. In the preface the editor justifies the omission of the section on "The Physicochemical Basis of Physiological Processes" on the assumption that the student will have become familiar with this material in other courses—an assumption of questionable validity. Experience with large numbers of students shows that most of them need ready at hand some reference to fundamental laws and processes. While the text throughout is written in clear, lucid style, students are inclined to object that one must read too much

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