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June 15, 1901

An Introduction to Physiology

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(24):1723. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470240051022

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The leading principle in the system of teaching contemplated by this "Introduction" is that the student shall perform for himself the fundamental experiments of the science. As all experiments in physiology can not be performed in the time now ordinarily devoted to its teaching in medical schools, a careful selection must be made. In order to master at least one field necessary for the scientific training requisite for further independent study, the nerve and muscle has been selected as the part best adapted for exact observation and clear reasoning. Hence the experimental physiology of the nerve-muscle preparation is thoroughly set forth from various points of view. Then the mechanics of the circulation and the innervation of the heart and blood vessels are discussed. The apparatus described is trustworthy and quite simple. The subjects are presented from the chemico-physical standpoint, and the book is recommended as an excellent guide for the

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