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To the physician not versed in systematic biology, whose knowledge of basic medical science is confined to what he may have learned in medical school, "Classics of Biology" should serve as a very satisfactory introduction. It differs from many anthologies in having fairly extensive introductory material written by the editor to introduce each chapter. Here are spread before us in review a sample of the important work of men who are largely responsible for giving expression to stimulating ideas in biology. Many of the papers report studies or ideas which were turning points to new advances in the ever-increasing fields encompassed in the realm of general biology. Some of the chapters are entitled "Matter and Energy in Life," "Form and Dynamics of Reproduction," "Biocatalysts," "Heredity," "Geography and Palaeontology," "Causation and Design," "Reflexes, Consciousness and Will," "The Whole and Its Parts." We have ranged before us excerpts from classical essays in
Bean WB. Classics of Biology. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(4):530–531. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250280132022
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