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May 4, 1946

The Tissues of the Body: An Introduction to the Study of Anatomy

JAMA. 1946;131(1):75. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870180077029

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The author concedes that anatomy is a difficult subject for the beginner; therefore he has been accustomed to introduce the subject by a series of lectures dealing with the organization of living tissues. He speaks of "the fundamental problems of anatomy... and the application of experimental methods in the study of structural organization." He quotes Alexis Carrel concerning tissue culture as "the most important event in the history of anatomy." By interesting the student in the problems of anatomic research the author hopes to stimulate his intellect and open new pathways of inquiry. Medical students in the first and second years do not have "the graduate student outlook" but are concerned with soaking in as much dissection and descriptive anatomy as possible. The proper way to study anatomy is to recognize it as a difficult yet basic factor in the life of the doctor and to buckle down to the

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