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June 16, 1951

Human Biology

JAMA. 1951;146(7):688. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670070080041

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This book presents the subject of biology from the standpoint of that most interesting of organisms, man. The phenomena of animal and vegetable life are interpreted as to their significance to man and their resemblances to processes in the human body, and practically every aspect of human anatomy and physiology is compared with analogues among other living things, large and small. The treatment is kept from becoming unduly general and abstract by a wealth of illustrations, constant reference to specific examples in the text, and a remarkable 153 page appendix. This last consists largely of verbatim quotations from especially famous or well-written sources, such as Beaumont's description of the observations on St. Martin.

Very few minor faults are to be found; an example is the description of the stomach on page 56. The author would also be justified in adhering more consistently to the metric system, since the book is

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