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June 21, 1884

Elements of Human Physiology.

JAMA. 1884;II(25):696. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390480024009

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The study of physiology, with all its fascinating details of experimental research, cannot be regarded as secondary, either in importance or interest, to the student of medicine. So extensive is its scope, and so inseparably is it bound to the kindred subjects of anatomy, physics and chemistry, that any attempt to separate it from them must inevitably lead to incompleteness and a certain degree of confusion, while it robs the subject greatly of its interest. To strip it only of the details of experimentation, leaves it bare enough; but when most of the considerations of physics, anatomy and chemistry are banished, there is left little besides the naked mathematics of physiology.

The volume in hand is one of the manuals for students of medicine. A small manual of a vast subject must necessarily be unsatisfactory in many regards, and so we find it in this instance; for, as we are

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