(1) Prof. Fritch and Dr. Salisbury have prepared an elementary text-book, which is stated in the preface to be for the use of students of medicine and pharmacy. A large number of new figures of plant structures are produced, and many of them will form a useful addition to botanical illustration. A few, however, such as Figs. 69 and 71, are too diagrammatic, sketchy, or ragged to be desirable for elementary. students, and of course they are of no use for any other purpose. The book begins with the plant as a whole, using the Shepherd's-purse as type. It goes on with several chapters on the various plant organs and their functions. The chapter on plant cells concludes with an account of protoplasm in colloidal terms. Growing points, tissues, cell contents, and the structure of roots, stems, and leaves are then carefully treated, followed by physiology and the study of types. The book ends with a chapter on heredity and evolu tion, and an appendix dealing with reagents and methods. It covers adequately the syllabus for medical students and is one of the best we have seen for this purpose, but it is questionable if a somewhat more biological and scientifically imaginative treatment of the subject would not be to the advantage of elementary botanical teaching.
(1) Botany for Students of Medicine and Pharmacy.
By Prof. F. E. Fritch Dr. E. J. Salisbury. Pp. xiv + 357. (London: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd., 1921.) 10s. 6d. net.
(2) Junior Botany.
By T. W. Woodhead. Pp. 210. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1922.) 3s. 6d. net.
(3) The Elements of Vegetable Histology.
By Prof. C. W. Ballard. Pp. xiv + 246. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1921.) 18s. net.
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G., R. (1) Botany for Students of Medicine and Pharmacy (2) Junior Botany (3) The Elements of Vegetable Histology. Nature 109, 773 (1922). https://doi.org/10.1038/109773a0