Yale University did me the great honour of inviting me to deliver the Silliman Lectures for 1915. Owing to the war I was unable to give the lectures in the appointed year; and I must first of all thank the University for permitting me to postpone them till the present time.
The subject of the full lectures, as they will, I hope, before long appear in book form under the imprint of the Yale University Press, is the Physiology of Breathing. Much of the material contained in them is, however, of a technical character, hardly suited for public lectures. With the approval of the President, I have therefore delivered the following four public lectures confined to points of more general interest, the nature of which is indicated by the title.
JOHN SCOTT HALDANE.
New Haven, October, 1916.
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