An Introduction to Comparative Zoology. A text-book for medical and science students

By F. G. Sarel Whitfield and A. H. Wood. With a foreword by Major Sir Robert Archibald. 354 pp., 141 illustrations. P. Blakiston's Son and Co., Inc., Philadelphia, 1935

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This book was inspired by failure to find a suitable elementary textbook on the subject which used as types animal first universally available for study. It is divided into two parts, the first including a general chapter on cytology and organology, one on classification and chapters on the Protozoa, Porifera and Coelenterata, Platyhelminthes, Nemathelminthes, Annulata, Arthropoda, Insecta of Medical and Veterinary importance, Chordata, Vertebrata (using the frog and the rabbit as types) and one on embryology. The second part deals with metabolism, heredity, evolution and ecology. In addition there is a satisfactory glossary and a good index.

On the whole the authors have achieved their purpose, although it might be questioned whether all of the types considered are as “universally available” as is predicated. Furthermore, without considerable collateral study the course outlined could not be utilized to meet the zoology entrance requirements for a class A medical school in the United States.

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