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With the works of Dalton, Flint, Foster, and Landois and Stirling in reach of the student and practitioner of medicine whose linguistic attainments go no farther than the English language, not to mention other works, one may well be surprised that one whose time is not wholly given up to physiological work "should feel it incumbent upon himself" to write a book on physiology. The author of the work under consideration, after an experience of eight years as a professor of physiology, became convinced that students and practitioners of medicine feel the want—which is to say, the lack or absence—of a systematic work on physiology, based on comparative and pathological anatomy, clinical medicine, physics, and chemistry, as well as upon experimental research. If this be the ground upon which the book was written—the lack of such a work on physiology—then the author has not labored wisely, since no such want