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March 22, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(12):984-986. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650380052023

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Instruction in Anatomy in France and the United States  From time immemorial, instruction in anatomy has been regarded in France as the basis of medical study. It is given for two years in the winter, when dissection is more tolerable and when cadavers are more plentiful. The lack of refrigerating facilities for cadavers necessitates using them promptly. The plan of using two winters and omitting the summer between makes it possible for students to adjust their clinical and physiologic knowledge to what they have learned in anatomy; for example, observing a sprained ankle in the hospital would make a dissection of the foot more interesting and help fix the anatomy in mind.But the constant expansion of the biologic sciences and of the specialties has started a movement to condense into one year the instruction in anatomy, histology and embryology, which heretofore has been given in two winters. Dr. R.

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