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May 30, 1966


JAMA. 1966;196(9):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100220099048

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The American Physiological Society, which has labored long and hard, and with dedication witnessed only rarely, has produced an encyclopedia of lasting value. This volume, which completes the section on Circulation, is clinically oriented. Twenty of its 26 chapters deal with practical physiologic aspects of cardiovascular medicine, eg, shock, hypothermia, hyperventilation and hypoventilation, congestive heart failure, hypertension, artificial circulation, hemostasis, clotting and fibrinolysis, sludging of blood, clubbed fingers, effects of autonomic and other drugs on the circulation, effects of anesthetics, and adaptive changes under chronically high circulatory loads.

The following figures give some indication of the thoroughness and monumental scope of the job being done: The 30 authors have been selected with care by three committees, one in America, another in England, and a third on the European continent. Chapters vary roughly from 15 to 40 pages in length, each documented with bibliographic references, sometimes numbering more than 500. Most

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