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March 9, 1946

A Companion to Manuals of Practical Anatomy

JAMA. 1946;130(10):675. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870100061039

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This book was originally written to provide an accurate account of gross anatomy in a small, compact and readily accessible form. That the book has attained this goal is attested by the appearance of the sixth edition. It has been written largely from the regional approach rather than the systematic. This is an advantage for those desiring to carry out various dissections. The only criticism against the book is that the Birmingham Revision of nomenclature has been adopted throughout the text. As to whether or not this is a disadvantage depends on the point of view of the individual anatomist or physician using the book. Many American anatomists strongly urge the retention of the BNA system of terminology until modifications are officially adopted by the various anatomic associations. They also believe that the use of any other system of terminology in the meantime would be detrimental to the best interests

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