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May 5, 1945

A Method of Anatomy: Descriptive and Deductive

JAMA. 1945;128(1):62. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860180064031

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In this edition fifty-five illustrations have been added to the original list; about seventy have been redrawn and relabeled. The initial section deals in general fashion with the several bodily systems. The osseous structure is considered microscopically; vascular foramens, elevations, facets, foveas and other gross features are discussed. Muscles are described on the basis of fascicular architecture; the physiologic mechanism of contractions is described in simple terms. The vascular system is considered from the standpoints of blood volume, character of arteriovenous anastomoses and nature of sinusoids, arteries and cavernous tissues. Many helpful facts are recorded regarding vascular patterns in such special areas as the nail bed, lip, cerebrum, spleen and erectile bodies; topographically different parts are thus brought together on the basis of peculiarity in blood supply. By this means the student is introduced to a rationalizing scheme of study. The nervous, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems are similarly

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