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This is a welcome revision of a concise text, which has enjoyed great popularity in the short courses in gross anatomy currently given in American medical schools. As with most such books, the presentation is mainly regional. The descriptions are concise and lucid; allusions to functional and clinical correlations are adequate to indicate the significance of anatomic facts, and to encourage the search for further information. Significant data on variations are inserted within the pertinent descriptive matter where such facts may be readily learned. In line with most new texts, key references are supplied. An interesting glossary defines eponyms commonly used in anatomy.
The structures of the limbs are described in considerable detail, the action of muscles being helpfully grouped together. The brain, except for its blood vessels, is not described. This is disappointing since its inclusion would help to emphasize some regional correlations. Considerable space is devoted to the
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