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THE second part of Dr. Hans Przibram's “Experimental Zoology” has so far only been published in German, but it is to be hoped that an English translation will follow in due course. It will be a matter for regret if the efforts of the Cambridge University Press to provide English-speaking biologists with standard editions of works which are otherwise accessible only in a foreign language do not receive sufficient support to justify their continuance. The present volume, which is very considerably larger than the first (reviewed in NATURE, March 4, p. 2), deals with the secondary aftergrowth of lost parts, embracing the phenomena of morphallaxis and deformation. The allied subject of grafting, which finds a place in Prof. Morgan's work on “Regeneration,” published eight years ago, is not systematically dealt with, but it may well be that this is reserved for special treatment in the final volume on function. The subject-matter of the part now under notice is divided into eight chapters, dealing successively with the different groups of the animal kingdom, from the Protozoa to the Vertebrata. To these is added a general summary, containing an account of the general laws which govern the regenerative processes and their development in phylogeny. There are sixteen coloured plates, which are bound at the end of the volume, but these are so overcrowded with figures as to tend towards confusion, and the execution is not good. The work is adapted for purposes of reference rather than for continuous reading, and is furnished with an extensive bibliography, in which few omissions are to be detected.

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