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June 12, 1943

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

JAMA. 1943;122(7):474. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840240064034

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Comparative anatomy is usually presented as a dry as dust course from which most students carry away an array of polysyllabic words and a vague impression that the vertebrates, including man, have developed from a diagram of a primitive chordate. Hyman's excellent presentation of the subject should do much to counteract this impression. With its functional and dynamic approach, presented in scholarly yet readable and stimulating fashion, it presents comparative anatomy as a grand developmental process. Embryologic, microscopic, gross and physiologic data appear as a cleverly interwoven tissue. Many of the problems and unanswered questions are clearly placed for all to see. This volume should be the leading textbook in its field. As in the past, it will serve as an important aid to many future physicians in their attempts to answer many of the "whys" and "how comes" of the human body. It serves as both laboratory manual and

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