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December 21, 1940

Principles of Animal Biology

JAMA. 1940;115(25):2204. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810510080034

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This book, by the author of "Mathematics for the Million," lies somewhere between the semipopular book on science and the high school or college textbook. Its reading would be hard going for the average individual untrained in science and yet it is probably not complete or technical enough to serve as a text-book for a formal course although it would be excellent as collateral reading. There are a few errors: The sketch titled the human forearm shows the upper arm instead and is not good at that; the term ergosterol is twice mispelled; the statement that "an adequate minimum (vitamin A or carotin) seems to help resistance to diseases like colds and influenza" is not really warranted. Likewise the statement "The composition of what is now called vitamin E, present in cereal oils and green leaves, especially lettuce, is not yet known" scarcely does justice to the close approach which

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