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September 21, 1964

A Textbook of Human Embryology

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Charlottesville, Va

JAMA. 1964;189(12):964. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070120086039

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This relatively brief textbook of embryology represents the publication of regular lectures by Dr. Harrison at Oxford and Liverpool Universities. The method of presentation assumes substantial familiarity with anatomic nomenclature, which would perhaps limit the ways in which the book might be used. Also, in an effort to be anatomically precise, the author occasionally selects particularly cumbersome terminology, which interferes with clarity. The author's purpose in the book is to present merely a superficial account of human embryology; for further exposure the reader is referred to more comprehensive accounts.

The relative balance of subject matter may be questioned. Some topics, like reproductive anatomy, histology, and physiology, are covered in great detail, whereas other subjects of closer relevance to bodily development itself, like gut or heart development, are treated in rather shallow fashion, and no mention is made at all of glandular derivatives of the pharynx.

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