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February 7, 1925

Anatomie humaine, descriptive et topographique.

JAMA. 1925;84(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660320056035

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This is an excellent textbook for first-year students. Rouvière is one of the authors of Poirier and Charpy's textbook, and he has left to that larger work the exhaustive consideration of literature and of detail that constitute its special excellence. This book is limited to a presentation of the essential facts of gross anatomy, with such considerations of development, evolution and function as are necessary to bring out fundamental principles of morphology. As ponderous works are discouraging to first-year students, this shorter one written by a scientific anatomist should be welcomed by students who are familiar with French. It is brief, simple and accurate, and it sustains the reputation of French scientists for clearness of presentation. The general plan is a departure from that ordinarily followed. The body is divided into four parts: (1) head and neck; (2) trunk; (3) extremities, and (4) central nervous system. Under each part, bones,

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