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September 18, 1926

The Principles of Anatomic Illustration Before Vesalius: An Inquiry into the Rationale of Artistic Anatomy.

JAMA. 1926;87(12):962. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680120072036

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With the charm that pervades all the historical writings of Dr. Garrison, this volume presents a philosophic consideration of the relationship of modern anatomy to the art and science of the middle ages. Dr. Garrison feels that we have plenty of vernunft, but that we lack greatly in verstand. The prime factor of importance in illustration before Vesalius was first hand observation of external configuration. Dr. Garrison presents simple facts concerning anatomic illustration, accompanying them with observations based on his extensive reading, that strike like gleams of color in the midst of these musty records. The book itself is beautifully printed like the other numbers of this series, and handsomely illustrated with numerous especially selected illustrations. The edition is limited and desirable.

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