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March 23, 1940

The Tissues of the Body: An Introduction to the Study of Anatomy

JAMA. 1940;114(12):1103. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120075033

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Until recently the teaching of anatomy has been mainly confined to the study of the end products of structural organization, that is, to the structure of mature organisms. Educators now are realizing the importance of knowledge of the fundamental principles of the growth, differentiation and structural adaptation of living tissues. This shifting focus of attention has not been much reflected in textbooks, and that is why this book was written. In his own department the author introduces the subject of anatomy to the students by course of lectures dealing with general problems of organization of living tissues. These lectures have been amplified here in book form to make available to students information which is generally found only in anatomic journals. Simple dissection with scalpel and forceps is the time honored technic in the study of anatomy. In recent years, by the construction of special apparatus, microdissection has been developed involving

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