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November 13, 1943

An Atlas of Anatomy in Two Volumes

JAMA. 1943;123(11):732. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840460066034

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Up to the year 1900 gross anatomy was the major study of preclinical medicine. There was ample time for it. Students dissected the body more than once. Atlases were of great help, and those then made corresponded with the practice of repeated dissection. They were "systematic," showing the bony, muscular, vascular and nervous systems separately. Now the time available for dissection is reduced. Only one dissection is possible. Grant's regional atlas is adapted to this change. Its illustrations show all the "systems" in each region. So the drawings are fewer. Spalteholz has over a thousand, Toldt over fifteen hundred. Grant covers all but the head, neck and thorax with two hundred and twenty-seven. The drawings are accurate and instructive, being carefully made from special preparations. They show more "relations" than did the older atlases, and the atlas is less expensive. The legends under some drawings are in one or two

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