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November 29, 1884

A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene.

JAMA. 1884;III(22):614. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390710026012

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This school text-book has all the faults common to that class of literature. Some of the illustrations are simply for embellishment, and the text is often faulty. Besides its minor errors it has one positive evil. The lists of questions at the foot of each page and end of each chapter tempt the teacher to rely on the text-book and the parrot-like memory of the pupil rather than on a clear explanation and demonstration of the subjects taught and the due appreciation of those subjects by the student's higher mental faculties.

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