September 14, 1935

Human Anatomy: Double Dissection Method

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By Dudley J. Morton, Associate Professor of Anatomy, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. First Dissection; Second Dissection. In Two Volumes. Cloth. Price, $6 per set. Pp. 550, with illustrations. New York: Columbia University Press, 1934.

JAMA. 1935;105(11):908. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760370064034

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This is a practical manual for dissection combined with a notebook. It reports the result of a pedagogic experiment continued now for a period of six years. The time allotted to dissection in most medical colleges has been reduced to about half of that formerly available. Nevertheless the fundamental necessity of a good knowledge of gross anatomy remains, as does also the requirement by state boards that each student dissect one lateral half of a human body. Teachers are confronted with a condition in which so much of the time assigned is required by the mechanical work of dissection that too little remains for study of the part. Morton presents in this book a thoroughly worked-out plan by which two students are assigned to each part; one dissects, both study. Two dissections are made: first of muscles, bones, joints, viscera and larger structures; second of nerves, vessels and finer structures.

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