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November 1, 1958

Mirror to Physiology: A Self-Survey of Physiological Science

JAMA. 1958;168(9):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000090122028

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This book gives the results of a survey undertaken by the American Physiological Society in an effort to define physiology, to discover what kind of people are now classified as physiologists, and to consider how to interest an adequate proportion of the nation's manpower in cultivating this important field of science. In the foreword, W. O. Fenn expresses the belief that, if there is any serious deficiency in physiology at present, it is probably in the recruitment of personnel of high competence. Much space is devoted to the technical problems of the survey itself, and this should be instructive to other organizations planning similar ventures. Quantitative data were obtained as to the activities, employment, and income of physiologists, their occupational motivations, satisfaction, and mobility, and their research activities and programs. There are chapters on research facilities and support, publications and societies, professional training and recruitment, and public relations and education.

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