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October 1956

Kinships of Animals and Man—A Textbook of Biology.

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By Ann H. Morgan, Professor of Zoology, Mount Holyoke College. Price, $6.75. Pp. 839, with 576 illustrations. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42d St., New York 36, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(4):531. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250280133023

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The number of textbooks dealing with elementary biology is so large that it seems somewhat out of style to advocate that there should be a beginning course in zoology and another one in botany, rather than a merger of the two in a composite of biology that samples from both disciplines. It is, therefore, refreshing to encounter a new book whose focus is frankly on animals. It is not a small book, nor is it one that deals primarily with general principles or with animal types. "Kinships" is a book that contains the solid information that is the basis of any good zoological treatment. But, beyond this, there is fashioned a text that explains in dynamic fashion why animals are what they are, how they behave, and what their phylogenetic relationships to other organisms are. There are five major divisions, and these treat of the following topics: the cell; ecological

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