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On Disorders of Assimilation, Digestion, Etc.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1386. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480210044018.
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This collection of various papers published at dates ranging from 1874 to 1900 forms a very readible volume of nearly 500 pages, which may well be added to any physician's library. Of course the matter in these essays is not new, but they are all of them timely and none are out of date, notwithstanding the time that has elapsed since their first appearance. The leading idea of a number of them, as the author says in his preface, is the action of enzymes, and this is a subject that is well to the fore in physiology at the present time. The longest paper, that on stimulants and narcotics, is a quasi popular but scientific statement of the leading facts in regard to these substances and others are almost equally practical in their tenor, though the inclusion of more strictly scientific and technical papers like those on gas absorption by


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