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August 12, 1939

The Control of the Circulation of the Blood

JAMA. 1939;113(7):620. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800320072031

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This is the most complete review of the literature on the physiology of the circulation yet available, encompassing as it does about 6,000 items in the bibliography. The senior author has long been recognized as an authority in this field; consequently one is not disappointed to find that, in addition to reviewing literature, he has given a scholarly analysis of the evidence bearing on many of the salient problems. Despite the great mass of material included, if one bears in mind the title there need be no surprise on finding that many phases of circulatory physiology are not discussed in detail. Evidently the aim was to confine the work to those factors which control circulation and there is consistent adherence to the plan. One could wish for a somewhat more systematic arrangement of material and a more detailed index. Also there is frequent reference to certain authors without any hint

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