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attended, dwelling particularly upon the personal anecdotes and snatches ofdescription of world-famous figures who came together on diese occasions. Hill has been concerned, not only with the intimate physics ofmuscular contraction, but with overall motor performance as well. This reviewer remembers well Hill's lecture on "The physiological basis ofathletic records," given before the British Association for the Advancement ofScience in Southhampton in 1925, to which he refers in this volume, and reports that Professor Azuma credits this lecture with the arousal of his interest in 'sports physiology," which in turn resulted later in his life in his becoming a member of die International Olympic Committee and bringing the Olympic Games to Tokyo in 1964. Hill does not mention another consequence ofhis 1925 lecture, but Azuma has told me diat his excursion into postwar Japanese politics was a direct consequence of the fact that his national prominence as the representative ofJapan on the Olympic Committee made him an attractive nominee for the governorship ofTokyo Prefecture for the Conservative party. Few lectures by physiologists, one may be sure, have played such a part in determining the outcome of governorship (equivalent to mayoralty) elections in one ofdie largest cities in die world. Maurice B. Visscher, Ph.D., M.D. Department ofPhysiology University ofMinnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 Man: A Remarkable Animal. ByJohn S. Schweppe, M.D. Research and Education Fund, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, 1969. Pp. 136. $2.50. This paperback of 136 pages is written by a wise, broadly educated physician. It describes man's history, the physical bases of his nature, and his interaction with the environment . The parts ofthe book cover the evolution ofman, his growth and development , die structuring ofpersonality, special problems in modern living including stress, and such special problems ofman as disease, aggression, education, and theways in which man differs from other animals. The epilogue closes on the optimistic note that man will develop a better-ordered society and achieve peace and increased altruism. Being very brief, the book is simplistic, but it is a good perspective. The writing is lucid. A glossary oftermsprovidesthelayman with die definitions needed to understand all that thephysician -audior says. DwightJ. Ingle University ofChicago 345 ...

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ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
p. 345
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-07
Open Access
No
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