Now that biology has been introduced by all examination boards of England and Wales for the school certificate, as well as in many cases for the matriculation examinations, we may expect an outcrop of British text-books in a field which hitherto has been largely in the hands of American authors. The book under consideration is one of the first of the new series to enter the lists, and though primarily designed for matriculation examinations, its authors express the hope that it “may also prove useful in those schools in which biology is studied as a cultural subject”. And why not? It is attractively written, well printed, and copiously illustrated. No pains have been spared to render into assimilable form the subject matter, which is marshalled into five well-balanced sections. Thus: (1) Simple living forms of increasing complexity (2) external morphology and mode of life of some members of the chief classes of animals (3) general morphology and physiology of the mammal (4) general morphology and physiology of the flowering plant (5) the soil, bacteria, parasites and saprophytes, distinction and interrelation between plants and animals.
Elementary Biology: for Matriculation and Allied Examinations.
Mary E. Phillips Lucy E. Cox. Pp. xiv + 480. (London: University of London Press, Ltd., 1931.) 7s. 6d.