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May 1940

Annual Review of Physiology, Volume 1.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(5):1084. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190110213015

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The need for reviews and compendia of medical literature becomes more and more evident each year. Volume 1 of the Index Medicus, in 1927, contained 820 pages, whereas volume 20, in 1936, had extended to no less than 1499. The "Annual Review of Physiology," of which the first volume has recently appeared, seems therefore to be inevitable, and one is pleased to find that Murray Luck, veteran of the Annual Review of Biochemistry, is in charge also of this latest physiologic review. Twenty-four articles by authorities in the various branches of physiology fill a volume of some 700 pages. As many as four or five hundred references follow some of the articles. My only criticism—or rather comment—is that in some of the contributions the material is so condensed that it makes poor reading, and the volume is really a succession of abstracts; but when a year's output of work is

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