This book, by a professor of pharmacology, fills a much-needed gap in modern biologic and medical education. Its fundamental outlook savors of Jacques Loeb and the Woods Hole of his day. It is the attempt of a biologist to apply physics and chemistry to cells. In this respect its purpose is distinctly futuristic, because the application of fundamental laws to the physiology of cells is in its beginning. Much of the volume will, no doubt, have to be rewritten as knowledge of cytologic physics and chemistry increases. Nevertheless, the work recommends itself to the student of biology and medicine, especially to the student of experimental medicine, because its point of view is distinctly that of the coming generation.
The book introduces life "as a scientific problem" and proposes the finding of suitable artificial models for the study of phenomena peculiar to living organisms. The first section discusses membranes, electrolytes and