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The binding is sturdy and the paper glossy, but the contents are lamentable. The author has, apparently, an interest in medical history, and this is certainly praiseworthy. But interest alone is not enough. We might reasonably expect sound scholarship and broad acquaintance with primary sources. And furthermore, an adequate exposition.
The actual text comprises exactly 101 pages. Of this number, 17 are completely taken up with full-page illustrations. In 12 others, while there is a little text, more than half the page shows either an illustration or else blank space. And 19 full pages represent a verbatim quotation from Malpighi.
Less than 60 full pages, each less than 300 words, remain for the author's own exposition. This starts with primitive man and comes right up to the present time, and includes anatomy chemistry, clinical physiology, and "control" of respiration. A lot of names are mentioned, and there are some thumbnail
King LS. A History of Respiration. JAMA. 1965;191(8):683. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080080073041
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