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March 13, 1943

A Manual of Experimental Embryology

JAMA. 1943;121(11):895. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840110097038

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Professor Hamburger's book is intended to be used as a laboratory guide in graduate or undergraduate courses in experimental embryology. It fulfils this function admirably by bringing together much information about operative procedures and the preparation of materials and of instruments which was previously not available in any single book. Clear step by step descriptions of all phases of operations on amphibian and chick embryos and on planarians (flat worms) are presented in such detail as to enable one not previously trained in this type of work to carry out successful experiments. There is a particular emphasis on simplicity of procedure and use of instruments which may be prepared in any laboratory. Thus, directions are given for the preparation of hair loops, glass needles, micropipets, microscalpels and microburners—instruments which suffice for the repetition of many classic operations. The more elaborate tools (iris knives, iridectomy scissors, watchmakers' forceps) are described and

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