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June 28, 1941

A Manual of Embryology: The Development of the Human Body

JAMA. 1941;116(26):2892. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820260066031

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As the reaction of students to a textbook is frequently different from that of their teachers, the reviewer has given this book to several of his advanced students for examination. They agree that complex developmental processes are described clearly in it; one student praised the number of three dimensional drawings but felt that they would be better with more labels.

The reviewer has found this to be a readable, accurate but relatively elementary presentation of mammalian and especially human embryology. The gross and topographic aspects of embryonic development are stressed. The book lacks the emphasis on the microscopic appearances during development which are found in most of the American textbooks. The book would be improved with more references to the literature. There are two opinions on this question; the reviewer happens to feel that, as long as the content of a scientific book is subject to revision through continued observation

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