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December 1969

A Companion to Medical Studies, vol 1. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology and Related Subjects.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(6):773. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300220125037

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According to the editors-in-chief, this multi-authored book "is the preclinical part of a comprehensive work in three volumes written for undergraduate medical students. The whole work aims to give them an interesting, intelligent and exciting account of modern medicine and the medical sciences." The other two volumes are not yet in print, but this one falls convincingly short of the stated goals. It contains a hodgepodge of 47 chapters on topics, such as "Control Theory and Systems"; "The Upper Limb"; "The Kidney"; and "Adam and Eve." Although the printing and illustrations are of high quality, everything presented is readily available in smaller, better organized, and more erudite texts.

Perusal of almost any page provides immediate evidence of astounding over-simplification, notwithstanding the audience to which the book is directed. Concerning being lost in the desert, the writer proclaims, "... the problems of survival are due to heat, lack of water and,

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