February 27, 1915

The Anatomy of the Human Skeleton.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(9):766. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570350060031

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This book deals with the whole skeleton—bones, joints and ligaments—together with the other structures immediately associated. The point of view is that of a mechanician studying a machine and the way it works—the harmonious cooperation of all the parts, each adapted to the other and each influencing the other. The bones are not considered as individual structures, isolated from others and laid each by itself on the table, but "each part of the skeleton has been used as a peg on which to hang a consideration of the neighboring structures." It is the full-grown machine which is studied, and this is done with care and thoroughness. The emphasis is laid on the mechanical and physical factors of its working. Each phase of action is considered and profusely illustrated. Nearly all the illustrations are from original dissections, and are mostly colored. They show well the various phases of activity of each

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