by Vance Randolph Book
Physiology Self –Taught (#703) by Vance Randolph   (2014-01-03)
Review of Physiology Self –Taught (#703) by Vance Randolph.
CITATION: Randolph, V. (1924) (edited E. Haldeman‒Julius). Physiology Self Taught (Little Blue Book Number 703). Girard, Kansas: Haldeman‒Julius Company.
Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer.
Vance Randolph (1892–1980) is most well-known for his writing on the folklore of the Ozarks. He also wrote about the lives of western gunfighters and outlaws using a variety of pseudonyms such as ‘Anton S. Booker’ and ‘William Yancey Shackleford’ for Emanuel Haldeman-Julius's 'Big Blue Books' or ‘Little Blue Books'. He also wrote several 'Little Blue Books' for Haldeman-Julius on physiology, botany and entomology. ‘Physiology self–taught’ was the first of these. Randolph was a competent academic, who had completed Master's and first degrees and he had enrolled for a doctorate, which he never completed. ‘Physiology self –taught’ reads as a standard physiology textbook. No special interest or enthusiasm, shown by the author for his subject, is apparent. ‘Physiology self–taught’ was not included in the "High School Educational Course" set, so it could have been considered suitable for High School students at that time. The contents are listed below:
CHAPTER I. LIVING MATTER
Chemical elements‒‒organic compounds‒‒protoplasm metabolism‒‒ cells‒‒ cell division‒‒tissues – organs and systems 5
CHAPTER II. THE DIGESTIVE AND ABSORPTIVE SYSTEMS
'The mouth, pharynx esophagus‒‒the stomach‒‒ the small intestine‒‒ the liver and pancreas‒‒ the organs of absorption‒‒‒the large intestine. 13
CHAPTER III. THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS
The pharynx ‒‒ larynx and trachea ‒‒ the lungs ‒‒ the respiratory movements ‒‒ the capacity of the lungs. 15
CHAPTER IV. CIRCULATION
The blood ‒‒ the heart ‒‒ the arteries, capillaries and veins ‒‒ the vaso-motor apparatus ‒‒ the lymphatic system . 22
CHAPTER V. THE ORGANS OF EXCRETIOIN
The lungs the kidneys,‒‒urine and urea ‒‒ the skin 29
CHAPTER VI. BONES AND MUSCLES
The skeleton ‒‒ the skull, trunk and limbs ‒‒ articulations ‒‒ muscles ‒‒ levers ‒‒ muscular fatigue. 32
CHAPTER VII. THL NFRVOUS SYSTEM
The neuron ‒‒ the brain the cranial nerve the spinal cord ‒‒ the spinal nerves ‒‒ the sympathetic system reflex acts. 39
CHAPTER VIII. THE SENSE ORGANS
The visual apparatus ‒‒: the ear ‒‒ the organs of taste ‒‒ the olfactory mechanism ‒‒the cutaneous sense organs ‒‒ sense organs in the muscles the visceral receptors. 47
CHAPTFR IX. REPRODUCTION
The female organs ‒‒ the male organs ‒‒ coitus and impregnation the development of the embryo ‒‒ parturition 57
In its time, it could be seen as providing information about the human body at a low price for ordinary people, so is a commendable effort.
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