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December 21, 1964

Man's Anatomy: A Study in Dissection

JAMA. 1964;190(12):1080. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070250062030

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Abstract

The publication of gross-anatomy dissection manuals is becoming as regular as the appearance of ladies' fashions, but unfortunately the manuals are not adorned with the same imaginative originality.

In the present work the large, expensive volumes attempt to combine "a detailed guide to the dissection of the human body with a systematic account of human anatomy." The detail is certainly present, even to the extent where the introduction advises the student to "familiarize" himself with such regions as the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, etc. The systematic descriptions are terse, in a style that leaves the inquiring student with a feeling of inadequacy. The 608 line drawings are simple and often useful, but hardly helpful in locating structures during laboratory dissection.

Although the dissection sequence is reasonable, there are a number of undesirable aspects, confusing for the functional understanding of structural organization. For example, the book provides for the dissection and

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