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October 12, 1963

Clinical Anatomy.

JAMA. 1963;186(2):167-168. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710020087033

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Rearrangement of medical school curricula since 1930 has resulted not only in a disappearance of courses in applied anatomy but also in a progressive curtailment of time allotted to gross anatomy itself. The present brevity of gross anatomic teaching makes some sort of supplementary course more desirable than ever. Whether this need can be met by specialized courses for interested students, before or after graduation, or whether further anatomic knowledge should be imparted to entire classes, is a moot point.

Where the curriculum will admit of a general course in applied anatomy, the problem of scope and detail arises. Dr. Brantigan's book exemplifies the difficulty of any individual being able, by himself, to produce a textbook which will interest the cross section of students. The book, as arranged, is more suitable for a course with emphasis upon lectures than upon dissection by the student—a disadvantage, in the reviewer's opinion. Les

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