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June 5, 1954

The Physiology of Man.

JAMA. 1954;155(6):617. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690240083037

The authors of this book are at once competent physiologists and enthusiastic teachers, and they have produced a work that will be welcomed by many students. It is comprehensive yet compact, businesslike yet humane. The dedication "to the proposition that learning can be fun" will not startle those for whom the natural pleasure in the wonders of the physiological laboratory has been spoiled, in the past, by dismal textbooks, poor apparatus, or disagreeable instructors. Whatever the reason for these maladjustments, it is good to see this manifestation of a will to improve. No first edition can anticipate all the curious difficulties encountered by a student in a new field. The student, for instance, thinks of veins as blood vessels, and must be puzzled when the authors use "venoconstriction" and "vasoconstriction" on page 328 as contrasting terms. He must also wonder about the use of the word "differential" on page 277

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