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July 31, 1967

Psychobiology: The Biological Bases of Behavior

JAMA. 1967;201(5):336. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130050070045

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Physicians who consider themselves more or less as scientists probably think that they should be able to read the magazine Scientific American with ease and interest. Many of its articles, however, on subjects not closely related to medicine are often difficult reading for the physician. But in this collection of 45 papers published in that journal since 1949, all are fascinating to read and easy to understand.

The subject matter is varied: studies of the social and sexual life of animals; memory and learning; the physiological bases of sensation, perception, and emotion; the effect of drugs on psychological processes. Most of the authors are well known specialists in their fields, but they have described their work clearly, usually in non-technical language. Some of the material would be familiar to many readers but probably almost everyone will find here something new which may help in understanding behavior, human as well as