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(1) Biologisches Praktikum für höhere Schulen (2) Biologische Experimente nebst einem Anhang mikroskopische Technik

Nature volume 81, page 96 (22 July 1909) | Download Citation



(1) THIS is an attempt to compress into seventy-one octavo pages a practical introduction to the study of the comparative anatomy of plants and animals, together with a certain amount of experimental physiology. There are seventy-five text-figures and nine plates. A considerable number of types, ranging from bacteria to mammals, are dealt with in a very scrappy and superficial manner in the text. A large proportion of the illustrations are borrowed from the works of well-known authors. They are well reproduced, but the text and explanations of the figures are very inadequate. A plate containing figures of the skeletons of a frog, a dog, and part of the skeleton of a bird (apparently there was no room for the skull, which is omitted), without a single bone labelled, is not likely to be of very much service even to the most elementary scholar. Doubtless, however, there are people who are gratified by observing a resemblance between an actual specimen and a book illustration, and they may even think that they have learnt something by comparing the two. It is only fair to the author to mention that the book is intended to be used in conjunction with the instruction of a teacher, who, no doubt, would be able to supply many of the deficiencies.

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