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May 24, 1941

Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy

JAMA. 1941;116(21):2447. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820210093027

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It seems fitting that the fiftieth year of the life of this book should be marked by a new edition. Several earlier editions required two impressions, one required three. It is not only a guide to dissection but also a textbook of regional anatomy. In crowded dissecting rooms, where all workers must follow one plan so as not to get in one another's way, it is excellent: in conditions of less crowding and hurry it has one defect— it teaches the student to "verify" some one else's observation instead of making his own. That is not the best training for a future practitioner. The ninth and tenth editions have been prepared by Professors Brash and Jamieson of the University of Edinburgh. In them the directions for dissection are slightly altered. The text is improved and slightly abbreviated. Relatively more attention is given to surface anatomy, lymph drainage, radiography and clinical

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