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April 1934

Mass und Zahl in der Pathologie.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;31(4):891-892. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250040215019

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The study of human constitution should be based on that of human anatomy, and much more study should be centered on the constitutional variations of the internal organs in healthy and in diseased persons. For twenty years Roessle has been carrying on quantitative autopsies in the hope of determining what lies behind the constitution of a person. His great opportunity came during the World War when numerous healthy young men met with violent death and showed good preservation of the internal organs. First, at Jena, and more recently at Berlin, he has been carrying on this work, and the results, as well as those of other work reported in the literature, are published in this small volume of the Aschoff series of monographs.

Starting with corporeal development as a whole, the authors single out the various organs, studying their variations particularly with regard to changes resulting from growth and involution.