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March 23, 1940

A Laboratory Guide to Microscopic Anatomy with Directions for Laboratory Studies in Cytology, Histology, Organology, and Embryology

JAMA. 1940;114(12):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120077042

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This is a large, somewhat cumbersome looseleaf book. The text is printed on but one side of the page and between the direction sheets one or more blank sheets are inserted for drawings. The whole field of histology and microscopic anatomy is detailed exhaustively. This makes it a sufficient guide for the particular course for which it was designed but a difficult one to adapt to any other unless the specific material described in it is available. On the whole, such a detailed laboratory guide would serve to inhibit rather than develop initiative and investigative spirit in the student. One gets the impression that if the directions are followed exactly there is nothing more that can be learned about a particular organ or tissue. In the appendix a list of group problems is included, but here again the directions for carrying out the work make it sound like just another

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