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June 1964

Handbook of Physiology.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):904. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120104028

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After years of slow accumulation of fundamental facts on the circulation, the last couple of decades have witnessed amazing advances in our understanding of cardiovascular physiology. The American Physiological Society has undertaken the monumental task of presenting three volumes on the circulation, which constitute section 2 of the multivolume Handbook of Physiology. This first volume is a magnificently large book which deals essentially with the physiology of the heart and its controls, along with material about the volume of the blood and the biophysical background of the organs of circulation. Authors of the various sections have been selected from different countries on the basis of their worldwide professional standing, their undisputed competence and reputation. It is no wonder, therefore, that each subject is presented with the depth and thoroughness of which only the experts in the field are capable.

The clinician might find some of the chapters too technical and

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