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October 19, 1940

Gross Anatomy: A Brief Systematic Presentation of the Macroscopic Structure of the Human Body

JAMA. 1940;115(16):1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810420084041

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It is interesting that a concise, time saving compendium of gross anatomy appeared from Johns Hopkins Medical School when that institution more than any other has been responsible for the progressive curtailment of time allotted to the study of gross anatomy. The language is terse and descriptive and the sentences are short and readable. Incorrect anatomic descriptions which have been carried in textbooks throughout the years have been replaced in this book by the proper descriptions. The volume is well planned, well printed and well organized. It also is clearly indexed. The schematic type of line drawing has been used 'throughout to good advantage. Far too few drawings, however, intersperse the text. The book is an excellent small reference work. It has a good embryologic foundation. The English equivalents of the Basle anatomical nomenclature are used throughout.

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