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November 18, 1893

An Elementary Text-Book of Biology: Comprising Vegetable and Animal Morphology and Physiology.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(21):782. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420730032014

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This work is divided in two parts, of which Part I is devoted to Vegetable Morphology and Physiology, and Part II to Animal Morphology and Physiology. As a text-book, and not less as a book of reference, it deserves a place in the library. The work is especially valuable at this time, when the schools are demanding higher requirements as preliminary to matriculation. It will be found almost indispensable to those wishing to obtain a thorough groundwork for bacteriologic study. Two centuries have passed since Francisi Redi published his classical experiments, De Generatione Insectorum, following William Harvey, who demonstrated that all life is from an ovum or seed. The little microscope of Redi, simple though it was, was the lever that lifted the dark veil, which hid the passageway to the biologic discoveries, now tersely set forth in this work of Davis. May the close of the next bi-centennial show

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