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January 16, 1960

Anatomy of the Human Body

JAMA. 1960;172(3):297. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030091026

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This centennial edition of a famous textbook is shorter (1458 pages compared to 1480) than the previous edition. The section on the nervous system, in particular, has been drastically revised. A number of new illustrations have been inserted, but many old ones have been taken out so that the total number is less (1,174 compared to 1,202).

With the new illustrations some errors have crept in (corpus mamillarius for c. mamillarium, page 878; foramen interventricularis for f. interventriculare, and chiasma optica for c. opticum, page 880). Among the old retained figures errors can also be found (ductili transversii for ductuli transversi and Falloppii for Fallopii, page 1374). Other proper names, both historic and contemporary, are mutilated at times. Magendie fares the worst. His name is misspelled in the index (page 1435), in the text (868), and in the legend to fig. 732. On page 1041 appears an antique figure that

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