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November 19, 1938

The Living Body: A Text in Human Physiology

JAMA. 1938;111(21):1958. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790470070033

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This book was written for the college student and the inquiring layman and, as far as textual material and information go, is but another textbook since it does not present any particularly new approach or any original point of view over any of those in the several textbooks now available. The information is conventionally sound and simply presented. Illustrations cover much the same ground as found in any good textbook, although many are original; others were taken from well recognized and authoritative sources, all of which are acknowledged in the preface. These critical statements need not be interpreted as derogation, for the work is unquestionably valuable, but rather as decrying the current tendency to produce more and more textbooks for which there is no real demand and which do not offer any improvement over many of those already available. Taken alone, there is nothing to criticize in this book. Taken

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