This book is a significant contribution to progress in physiology. In relatively small compass it presents a generally sound point of view and a wealth of information about the principles of organization and activity of living systems. The work of more than three thousand authors is cited and critically evaluated in relation to the problems at hand. The author of the book has himself made important contributions to knowledge in general physiology and has demonstrated a grasp of its principles which makes his analysis valuable. In several instances the reviewer finds himself in disagreement with the author on interpretations, but this situation is inevitable in view of our fragmentary information about many basic processes in living systems.
The treatment of general physiology in this book is meant for serious advanced students. Physicians will find the sections on membrane physiology, the physiology of nerve and the nervous system, and the discussion