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September 1928

Special Cytology. The Form and Functions of the Cell in Health and Disease. A Textbook for Students of Biology and Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(3):659-660. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210150219016

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These two volumes, edited by Edmund V. Cowdry, are an indication of the progress of modern medicine. Twenty years ago, as is pointed out by Alexis Carrel in the introduction, the conception of cytology and the preparation of such a volume would have demanded an entirely different concept. Laboratory methods have changed and technic has become more refined. The use of the cinematograph in the recording of phenomena has played no small part in the elucidation of science. Another indication of the modern trend is the growing tendency of presenting medical topics by specialists in a given specialty rather than by the writing of a book by one person.

No better idea can be given of the subject of the book than the following quoted from the preface: "The purpose of this book is, through the friendly cooperation of such specialists, to present a detailed statement of the types of