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August 1950

The Physiological Basis of Medical Practice.

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By C. H. Best, M.D., D.Sc. and N. B. Taylor, M.D. Price, $11. Pp. 1,330. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1950.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;86(2):316. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230140152019

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The popularity of this well known text is attested by the fact that this is the fifth edition since the original one appeared in 1937. All have been reprinted several times, the fourth edition in 1945 having been reprinted six times. The present text has been brought completely up to date to include such recent developments as the newer knowledge of the steroids of the adrenal cortex and their application in rheumatoid arthritis, the latest studies of shock and the lower nephron syndrome, Trueta's work on renal circulation and nutritional factors in blood formation.

In the reviewer's experience no book so completely provides the link between the clinician in practice and the interpreter of physiologic mechanisms in the laboratory as does this immensely useful volume. A short description of the gross and microscopic anatomy of the body system being discussed precedes an authoritative review of the physiology. Pathologic changes resulting

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