THE appearance of the second edition of this little volume within a few months of the first speaks well for its reception. It is, in fact, an excellent presentment of our knowledge of certain selected aspects of physiology. The author describes it as an “Elementary Text-book of Advanced Physiology”; but we feel sure that most of the chapters could be read with profit by the average medical student. The author has seized the opportunity presented by the need for a second edition to bring the book right up-to-date. Thus Harington's work on the structure of thyroxin, the active principle of the thyroid gland, is referred to, and a short but adequate account is given of the effect of insulin upon the normal organism. In this connexion the work of Best, Dale, Hoet, and Marks is mentioned. These authors have been able to show that the sugar which disappears from the blood under the action of insulin can be completely accounted for, either by combustion or by conversion into glycogen in the muscles.
Recent Advances in Physiology.
By Prof. C. Lovatt Evans. Second edition. Pp. xiii + 370. (London: J. and A. Churchill, 1926.) 12s. 6d. net.
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Recent Advances in Physiology . Nature 119, 596 (1927). https://doi.org/10.1038/119596a0