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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.

highest development. The other sermons are on "The Newspaper—its Good and its Evil"; "A True Republic"; "Progress and Poverty"; "Religious Transition"; and "The Reign of the Dead."

On the Relations of Micro-organisms to Disease. By William T. Belfield, M. D. Chicago: W. T. Keener. Pp. 131.

This volume is composed of the four "Cartwright Lectures" delivered by the author in February last, before the Alumni Association of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York. It presents a clear and intelligent discussion of the subject, considering the nature and classification of the micro-organisms, their action on plants and animals, the diseases they occasion, and the methods of studying them, with remarks on the germ theory of disease, accompanied by good illustrations. We have been asked to name some comprehensive work on the bacteria. The present treatise is concise and methodical, and makes full use of the latest investigations.

Handbook of Vertebrate Dissection. By H. Newell Martin, D. Sc, and William A. Moale, M. D. Part II. How to dissect a Bird. New York: Macmillan & Co. Pp. 174. Price, 60 cents.

The intention of the series of which this book is a member is not to enable the student to determine species, but to give the young morphologist practical directions assisting him to learn for himself what a fish, an amphibian, a reptile, a bird, and a mammal are, when considered from an anatomical point of view and contrasted with one another. In the present volume are given specific and detailed directions for performing the several operations of dissection on a bird, which are made more clear by well executed illustrations. The work has been composed chiefly by Dr. Moale, under the direction of Professor Martin.

Die Kupferlegirungen, ihre Darstellung und Verwendung bei den Volkem des Alterthums. (Copper alloys: their representation and application by the people of antiquity.) By Dr. E. Reyer. Vienna. Pp. 16.

The author, who is Professor of Geology in the University of Vienna, has already published a number of monographs on several of the metals which are the objects of man's mining enterprise and have been applied by him to his use, in which he has compressed much valuable information. In the present work he describes the uses that have been made of the alloys of copper, in sections treating of the geology and discovery of the metal, the characteristics of the alloys, the valuable uses that have been made of them, a summary, by nations, of the kinds of alloys that have been used by different people, and the literature of the subject.

Die Korperliche Eigenschaften der Japaner. (The Physical Characteristics of the Japanese.) An Anthropological Study. By Dr. Erwin Baelz. First Part. Yokohama: Press of the "Echo du Japan." Pp. 16.

The author of this study is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the University of Tokio, and the essay is a contribution to the "Transactions" of the German East-Asiatic Society. Authorities differ greatly in their estimates of the stature and other physical peculiarities of the Japanese, and betray great inaccuracy in their statements on the subject. Dr. Baelz has sought to remedy this difficulty by instituting a series of systematic and exact measurements. The paper gives the results he has reached. The present (first) part considers anatomical details. It is to be followed by a second part, treating of physiological peculiarities.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED.

Archaeological Institute of America. Fourth Annual Report of the Executive Committee Cambridge: John Wilson & Son. 1888. Pp. 56.

The Journal of Physiology. Vol. IV, Nos. 2 and 3. Edited by Michael Foster, M. D., F. K. S. Supplement to Vol. IV, containing: List of Titles of Works and Papers of Physiological Interest published in 1882. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University. August, 1883.

The Sonnets of Shakspere: When, to Whom, and by Whom Written. Pp. 12.

New and Important Discoveries in Physiology. By George H. Russell. Newville, Pa. 1883. Pp. 14. 25 cents.

Observations on the Habits of the American Chameleon. By R. W. Shufeldt. 1883. Pp. 8. Illustrated.

The Relations of Pain to Weather. By Captain R. Catlin, United States Army, with Notes by S. Weir Mitchell, M. D. Philadelphia: Collins, printer. 1883. Pp. 19.

A Synopsis of Copyright Decisions. By W. M. Griswold. Bangor, Me. 1883. Pp. 8.