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March 11, 1998

AnatomyA History of Anatomy: The Post-Vesalian Era

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association

JAMA. 1998;279(10):804. doi:10.1001/jama.279.10.804-JBK0311-7-1

He who neglects anatomy will wrong and kill his patients. . .—Albucasis (Altasrif)

I am very familiar with Dr Persaud's work on the history of anatomy. In 1984 he gave the medical profession The Early History of Human Anatomy: The Pre-Vesalian Era. This year he has given us the history of the post-Vesalian era.

In the preface to A History of Anatomy, Persaud describes as "eclectic" and "selective" his approach to writing a book of this magnitude. He has done a superb job in eclectically selecting the personalities, medical discoveries, attitudes, and social, political, and economic factors that contributed to the progressive understanding of anatomy and the recognition of its importance in the practice of medicine.

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