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May 5, 1956

Handbook of Physiology and Biochemistry. Originally "Kirkes'" and later "Halliburton's."

JAMA. 1956;161(1):116. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010118044

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This book presents many of the essential facts of physiology for medical students. Whether the presentation will be considered adequate for a given course will depend on the extent to which normal functions are discussed in other parts of the curriculum. The section on reproduction, for instance, is largely occupied with details of anatomy and endocrinology and omits many of the questions of function for which readers expect to find authoritative, detailed answers in a complete scientific text-book. This is, for the medical student, not a fatal omission if sufficient attention is given to descriptions of the normal in later courses on gynecology and genitourinary surgery. The sections on taste and smell, similarly, reflect little of the development that has followed the discovery of phenylthiourea, and the section on color vision overlooks the quantities of data obtained during and after World War II on the color-contrasts and signalforms that can

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