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May 10, 1941

Elementary Atlas of Histology

JAMA. 1941;116(19):2228. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820190104031

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This collection of rough sketches of representative microscopic fields of most of the organs is intended as "some sort of liaison between what the junior student sees with his eyes in the average preparation given out in classes and the very excellent descriptions in textbooks." In most colleges and medical schools in this country each student is required to make a series of rough sketches of zoological and histologic material like those in this book. This induces the student to label the structures seen in the microscopic preparation and tests his knowledge of what he has seen. He would not profit if the teacher identified the structures in his sketches, which would be the result of the use of this book. The reviewer is completely out of sympathy with attempts at spoon feeding and accordingly sees no value in a book such as this.

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