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May 25, 1957

Clinical Physiology: The Functional Pathology of Disease

JAMA. 1957;164(4):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040144038

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This book, the work of 26 contributors, attempts to present basic physiological principles in relationship to clinical medicine. In general this has been accomplished exceedingly well, largely because the editor has chosen clinicians whose research has been in the field of human physiology. Among these are the recent Nobel prize winners, Cournand and Richards, who have done a superb job with the section on the respiratory system. Chapters on carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism were completed by Dr. John P. Peters just before his untimely death. The cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, renal excretory, hematopoietic, and locomotor systems are all covered in this book. There is also a chapter on infection and immunity. References are given at the end of each chapter. A few diagrams and tables supplement the text in appropriate places. This is an excellent book for the internist and the hospital resident who would like to correlate physiological concepts

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