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Since the great epoch-making theory of Darwin has now ceased to be merely a theory, and is accepted as a doctrine that is as clearly demonstrable as is the heliocentric doctrine of Copernicus, an early and universal entrance, by the students of our medical schools, into the study of morphology seems to be demanded.
In our public schools, in which the vast majority of our population gain their education, the scheme of life, with its multitudinous ramifications throughout the animal and vegetable kingdom, receives but scanty attention. In point of fact, beyond a slight and necessarily imperfect knowledge of the fundamental principles of physiology and anatomy, the public school graduate passes through life in absolute ignorance of his or her status in the scale of animate beings and in the economy of Nature. Not only is this true of the public school graduate, but also of the university or college
WEIR J. THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF PHYSIOLOGY AND MORPHOLOGY AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL IMPORTANCE.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(13):781–783. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610130013001c