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Illustrated physiology. By Ann B. McNaught and Robin Callander. 287 pages. $6.75. Williams and Wilkins Company Baltimore. 1963

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piration in 16 pages; excretion in 14 pages;
endocrines in 24 pages; reproduction in
26 pages; and the nervous system in
68 pages. An excellent subject index occupies
the last 15 pages of the book. The
Doctor Ann B. McNaught, lecturer in
and related data contained in
physiology, and Mr. Robin Callander, medthe chapters on the nervous system and
ical artist, both of the University of Glascirculatory system are excellent; those covgow have combined their knowledge and
ering the endocrines and the reproductive
efforts in this publication. Dr. McNaught
systems are fair; and the remaining chapreceived her doctorate degree from the
ters are good. Considering the amount of
University of Glasgow in 1955. Her Ph.D. current diagrammatic material available
thesis dealt with the histology of fat ab- on cell morphology and function the f i s t
sorption. A review of her work on the chapter on cells and tissues is a disappointcomparative histology of fat absorption ment. The presentation here is beneath
was published in the Scottish Medical the scientific scope that is evident in the
Journal, vol. 4, 1959. Mr. Callander’s il- succeeding chapters.
lustrative abilities were also acknowledged
This book was originally designed for
in this article.
the physiology student with little or no
Illustrated Physiology is a collection of anatomical background and a limited
255 pages of line drawings depicting basic knowledge of the biological, physical and
physiological concepts. There are one or chemical sciences. By merely scanning
more drawings per page and each page is this publication one quickly assesses the
treated as a complete unit on a particular amount of energy and skill expended in
topic. Labels, phrases and concise ex- compiling the drawings, in composing the
planatory notes accompany the drawings. comprehensive labels and notations and in
The notations convey the idea of outlined organizing the material within each secsubject matter. Key words are capitalized tion so as to present anatomy and physioland in bold type face, special terms are ogy in a related sequence.
italicized and the remaining information
An era of rapid reading courses, visual
is presented in phrases and sentences con- aids, programmed study, quick reference
structed of upper and lower case type as source books and scientific stress on strucemphasis demands. Concise descriptions ture-function concepts seems to be with
superimposed on drawings of cellular us. There has also been an increase in
structure, organs and chemical diagrams the number of people studying in fields
lend clarity to the presentations. Color is ancillary of medicine such as radiology,
used in underscoring certain words for cardiology, dietitics, occupational therapy
emphasis and where differentiations must and physical therapy. Only one or two
be made obvious. Examples of this are chapters may be necessary to supplement
the arterial-venous systems, placental rela- a short course. One page could supply an
tionships, excretory exchanges and func- outline for a lecture or for a detailed
tional divisions of the nervous system.
study of the topic. On the basis of these
The opening chapter consists of 20 pages features this book should be popular. Noallotted to cells and tissues. Basic con- where, recently, have I seen so much incepts pertaining to nutrition and metabo- formation packed on a 8” X 10” page.
lism are presented in 26 pages; digestion
Louisiana State University
in 24 pages; the heart, blood vessels, body
School of Medicine
fluids and hemopoiesis in 37 pages; res-
McNaught and Robin Callander. 287
pages. $6.75. Williams and Wilkins
Company, Baltimore. 1963.
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