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July 22, 1933

Lehrbuch der Histologie und Histogenese.

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Von Dr. univ. med. Josef Schaffer, o. ö. Professor der Histologie an der Universität in Wien. Third edition. Cloth. Price, 20 marks. Pp. 576, with 640 illustrations. Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann, 1933.

JAMA. 1933;101(4):308. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740290056044

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A thorough presentation of subject is not often attempted in a textbook—in fact, few authors of such works know enough to do so. In this revision of his standard textbook Schaffer gives one of the few complete expositions of histogenesis and histology in the narrower sense. Unlike Maximow, he has restricted his field largely to structures that the medical student can be expected to see with the optical equipment at his disposal. There is, however, good evidence that cytologically distinct cells have different functions and that emphasis on the internal anatomy of cells is important for the development of histophysiology and pathology. The section on the organs of internal secretion, which has been largely rewritten for this edition, suffers especially from the failure to describe cell types. Aside from this, only minor criticisms can justly be made. The elimination of some sections of the second edition has made possible eighty

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