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December 7, 1957

Fundamentals Of Human Physiology for Students in the Medical Sciences

JAMA. 1957;165(14):1892. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980320122035

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A commendable effort is made in this book to present the essential facts of human physiology for medical students within 540 pages. The effort has been, on the whole, successful, partly because of a good selection of illustrations and partly because of the exclusion of the usual quota of historical and theoretical material. It is also assumed that medical students will find the necessary collateral anatomic and biochemical information in other courses and that applied or clinical aspects of physiology are adequately dealt with elsewhere. The three parts of the book, following an introductory chapter on general principles, are devoted to nerve, muscle, junctional transmission, reflex action, central nervous system, and senses; circulation and respiration; and nutrition, digestion, metabolism, endocrinology, and excretion.

A few disconcerting errors may be noted, but this book can be recommended to students and teachers of physiology in medical schools.

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