Twelve years have elapsed since the first edition of this text appeared. The remarkable advances in knowledge of the mechanisms of disease since that time have demanded a complete rewriting, particularly of the important chapters on the vitamins, nutrition and the endocrine glands. The elapse of such a long time makes one wonder why the author has failed to keep this work abreast in a field continually bristling with activity and new thought.
The well known aspects of deranged bodily function are treated under the usual headings, such as respiration, nervous system, metabolism, endocrine glands, blood and heart. Much of the work is sketchily done and at times, particularly in more recent advances originating outside Germany, the newer knowledge is either omitted or only briefly mentioned. This is well shown in the discussion of the pathologic physiology of the parathyroid glands, the relationship of the pituitary glands to carbohydrate metabolism