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June 16, 1945

Anatomy as a Basis for Medical and Dental Practice

JAMA. 1945;128(7):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860240076031

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The amount of time allotted to gross anatomy in the curriculum of medical schools has been reduced, because other preclinical sciences have required increased time owing to their great development during the twentieth century. Some teachers in these other sciences have felt that the time given to dissection was wasted; but most faculties feel that "menders of the human body" should trouble to know that body thoroughly, and state laws require dissection. But the anatomists have revised their courses, reducing the content considerably, though sometimes wondering if the facts of biochemistry, newly introduced, are really more important than those of anatomy which they have displaced.

Further, the anatomists have produced new books as substitutes for the old textbooks and dissecting manuals. Mainland's is one of the best of these new books. It is called simply "Anatomy," being neither a textbook (storehouse) nor a dissecting guide. It is a general educational

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