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May 26, 1956

Pathologic Physiology: Mechanisms of Disease

JAMA. 1956;161(4):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040094027

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This book deals with the functional or physiological, as distinguished from the structural or anatomic, aspects of human disease. The first edition appeared in 1950; for the second there have been extensive revisions and additions, especially a chapter on abnormal growth and one on the nervous system. The book is still incomplete. Part 9 on the locomotor system, for instance, consists of a single chapter on the joints. The numerous and undeniably important dysfunctions of the reproductive system must be looked for in the chapter on endocrine glands. The term "referred pain" does not appear in the index, and information about it must be sought here and there in the text. There is, however, a wealth of concrete information about cardiac and gastrointestinal physiology, and some subjects are treated in greater detail than will seem necessary to the occasional hurried reader. This unevenness is presumably related to the multiple authorship,

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