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September 28, 1946

Principles of Human Physiology

JAMA. 1946;132(4):248-249. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870390064031

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The general format of this standard textbook is unaltered. The number of pages has been reduced appreciably, partly by more economical use of space. While the basic material is sound, this book has, through all previous editions as well as this one, failed generally to link up this fundamental information with practical everyday experience. For example, the extensive investigations in aviation physiology are mentioned only briefly despite the growing importance of this field to the physician, the dentist, the engineer and the traveling citizen. Illustrations have been reduced slightly. Photographs are generally reproduced poorly. There would seem to be little reason for taking up space with illustrations of a micromanipulator, a polygraph or an osmometer. Likewise there seems to be little excuse for pages of complex chemical formulas unless their significance is discussed in the text more extensively than is done in most instances. Subject matter is well selected and

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