August 30, 1958

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

JAMA. 1958;167(18):2255. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990350093023

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This book, now in its fourth edition, is a recognized textbook for students and also a general reference work. It has found a definite place between the study of microscopic anatomy and that of gross anatomy, but the study of tissues must depend on a preliminary study of cells. This is a review of embryology and the basic anatomy of cells from conception and through the processes of development into tissues and organs. Hundreds of books have been written with similar contents. One then must look for methods of presentation which will entice the student and stimulate him to read and study deeply, but in this book the style is pedestrian and wordy and fails to hold one's attention as well as it should. It is heavy reading, and one has to dig out the meaning from many of its sentences. The author says that parts have been rewritten, but

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