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March 20, 1937

Comparative Anatomy

JAMA. 1937;108(12):999. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780120069026

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An alternative title to this book might well be The Evolution of Man and Other Animals. The introduction constitutes one of the best brief statements of the theory of evolution that has appeared. It includes a consideration of "creative synthesis" as the foundation of "emergent evolution." Matter in passing from one plane of organization to another passes also from one set of properties to another, from "nonliving" to "living" to "conscious living" to "ethical living." This statement does not include the causes of evolution, and no attempt is made to convey the impression that evolutionary change and progress can be adequately explained at present. The scope of the book includes not only comparative anatomy of adult forms but also the ontogeny and phylogeny of animals; it includes not only gross anatomy but also minute anatomy and the evolution of the tissues. The method of treatment is not by classes of

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