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September 25, 1948

Human Physiology

JAMA. 1948;138(4):328. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900040072030

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In this edition the two original authors (Drs. Winton and Bayliss) have become essentially editors, as in fourteen of the fifteen chapters other scientists and specialists are listed as primary contributors. This textbook of physiology for medical students is purposely condensed to about half the number of pages in the standard American text on this subject for students in medicine. The author-editors are convinced that medical students today are compelled to memorize and master too many facts at the expense of thinking and analysis: "The medical student is expected to know too much and to think too little." The condensation is achieved at the expense of elimination of much of the factual data on man and especially on other animals on which the generalizations and conclusions are based. One may question whether this is an aid to thinking on the part of our medical students. There can be no criticism

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