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Notes on Physiology

Nature volume 85, page 304 (05 January 1911) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH this little book has seen eight editions, and so has successfully catered for a certain class of students, that fact alone must not be taken as evidence that the book is a good one. There is little or no attempt made to keep pace with the advance of modern physiology. Old and incorrect statements are still retained, new work and new ideas are almost altogether omitted. The book may perchance still enable the lazy student to scrape through his examination on the minimum of pass marks, but it is only right to warn intending purchasers that to rely on Ashby's notes alone will be like leaning on a broken reed. A catalogue of the various faults, both of commission and omission, which adorn nearly every page, might be given, but it would be hardly fair to the readers of NATURE to use its columns in this way. These might more suitably appear in periodicals which are mooe widely read by the medical students for whom this book is intended.

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