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November 24, 1956

British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, Lectures on the Scientific Basis of Medicine. Volume IV: 1954-55.

JAMA. 1956;162(13):1267-1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970300067033

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This volume contains 21 lectures, most of them very interesting, on a variety of medical subjects; each is by a different speaker. It will probably be most appreciated by medical students as a book to be picked up from time to time to furnish inspiring sidelights on anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. A chapter on the chemistry of the porphyrias, for instance, includes photographs showing the devastating physical effects of this metabolic disease. A chapter on nucleoproteins in cell structure shows how the ability of these complicated, three-dimensional molecules to duplicate themselves is involved in most processes of growth and reproduction. A chapter on the cooling of the whole organism gives recent results on artificial hibernation, considers the danger and prevention of cardiac fibrillation in hypothermia, and sketches possible applications in surgery. The chapter on alcohol contains much scientific information enlivened by a discreet touch of humor. Other topics that will

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