This is a "renaissance" rather than a revision of Höber's earlier book in German by the same title and consists of separate sections by various authors, covering certain aspects of physical chemistry and physiology. The title emphasizes the former because of the conviction of the authors that "it is not only possible but of importance to anchor physiology even deeper in physical chemistry than was done previously."
The subject matter is arranged systematically from the standpoint of complexity. The first two sections comprise a survey of classic physical chemistry—selected topics in physical chemistry by David I. Hitchcock and properties of large molecules by J. B. Bateman. The subsequent six sections deal with the physiology of cells and tissue—permeability of cells and properties of cell membranes by Rudolf Höber; influence of ions and narcotics on cell activity (Höber); respiration of cells and tissues by David R. Goddard; contractility of muscle by