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April 7, 1945

A Textbook of Histology: Functional Significance of Cells and Intercellular Substances

JAMA. 1945;127(14):955. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860140073028

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In the new edition the author has adhered to the method of presentation outlined in the preface of the first edition. He rejects the usual manner of approach in which the material is treated in more or less isolated units of the order of cells, tissues and organs. Since the properties of cells and tissues are greatly dependent on the environment in which they exist, the author attempts "to build up, as the discussion advances, a conception of cells and elementary tissues in the many environments in which they normally exist." The author has abandoned the usual order of teaching histology and has arranged the material around the blood vascular system as the principal integrator. The result is an interesting book which deserves the close attention of those who have experienced difficulties in teaching histology as though it were built up of isolated units. It is debatable, however, whether the

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