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January 6, 1945

Textbook of Histology for Medical Students

JAMA. 1945;127(1):55. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860010057022

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This textbook of histology is announced as being prepared especially for medical students. In this it does not differ from most of the other textbooks on the subject. As stated in the preface, the author has tried to emphasize this purpose by omission of "detail that is of academic interest rather than of practical importance." Apart from the question of whether the teaching of medical students on such a basis is desirable, there remains the problem of determining just what is "detail of academic interest" and what is of "practical importance." There is no evidence in the text that the author has been able to make a sharp distinction between these. The abbreviation of the text is mainly due to omission of discussion and description such as the reviewer feels is necessary to give the student a clear insight into our present knowledge and lack of knowledge of the structure

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