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Physiology in General Education

Nature volume 140, pages 659660 (16 October 1937) | Download Citation



UNTIL within very recent times, the study of the human body was practically solely the concern of physiological departments in medical schools. Undergraduates outside the medical curriculum had no opportunity of studying human physiology, and the people of Great Britain as a whole seemed well content to leave the control of their lives with respect to health and disease to the guidance of the medical profession. Thus, when 'science' was first introduced into the schools, educationists turned to chemistry and to physics, and, even to-day, such biology as is taught in schools deals almost wholly with plants and lower animals. That "the proper study of mankind is man" was the keynote of the discussion on "Physiology in General Education" in Section I (Physiology) of the British Association during the recent Nottingham meeting.

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