August 25, 1928

A Handbook of Histology.

JAMA. 1928;91(8):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700080062040

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This is a greatly condensed outline of the histology of mammalian tissues and organs. It is exceptionally well written, although in some cases the condensation has been carried so far as to given the student wholly erroneous ideas. There are good illustrations from low power photomicrographs. A plate with characteristic sections taken at various levels of the intestine, shown side by side, is particularly instructive. The chapter on the nervous system is supplemented by diagrams and charts of the most important conduction paths of the brain stem and spinal cord. A course in histology such as is here outlined might enable a student to pass a stereotyped examination, but it would hardly play the part in the medical curriculum which it should play; namely, to illuminate the physiology of the various organs by analyzing their functions in terms of cell types as well as in terms of tissues, to emphasize

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