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May 31, 1941

A Method of Anatomy: Descriptive and Deductive

JAMA. 1941;116(22):2554. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820220096031

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In the teaching of anatomy there is no substitute for actual dissection of the human body. However, anatomy books form an invaluable aid to the acquisition and retention of anatomic details. The various textbooks of anatomy have grown up traditionally with the development of the science of human anatomy and therefore represent careful analytic description and discussion revised again and again as they have been put to use and found wanting. The fact that anatomy is occupying less space in the student's curriculum necessitates a brief but thorough and more functional approach. That is the aim of this textbook. Its success can be appreciated only from experience. In many ways it should appeal to students who find existing textbooks replete with exhaustive and fatiguing detail. It resorts to simple uncolored drawings, usually schematic, which are easy to follow. It lacks the superb anatomic drawings of the better known anatomic works,

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