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February 1956

Kinships of Animals and Man: A Textbook of Animal Biology.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(2):304. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030308023

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No man can become an ophthalmologist, or at least a good one, without having an intense interest in the natural history of the animals and plants around us. This constitutes the field of biology, too often made horrific, or at least dull, by poor teaching. For those who have maintained after college an enduring interest in living things, and for those whose inherent interest in biology was dulled by poor pedagogy, this book will be a source of much pleasure. The author, a professor of zoology at Mount Holyoke College, has approached her task of teaching biology from a philosophical point of view—that there is a unity throughout the universe of plants and animals, and that by exploring the kinship in both function and structure of plants, animals, and man, one may obtain a better understanding of life and the patterns of evolution. Although the book must, naturally, present facts,

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