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June 26, 1937

Bones: A Study of the Development and Structure of the Vertebrate Skeleton

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2250-2251. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260078031

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The author discusses briefly certain aspects of the development of the skeleton, especially the relation between the structures seen and the morphogenic factors. The chief value of the book lies in the first four chapters, which deal with embryonic and postembryonic development and with the structure of the normal and modified bony skeleton considered in relation to the function it subserves. The author discusses the primary development of the skeleton, the development of the bony skeleton, functional changes in the forms of bones, mechanical structure of bones, mechanical structure of cartilage and the mechanism of bony adaptation. There is an interesting description of the development of torsions in bones.

Bone structure is to a large degree determined, directly or indirectly, by reaction to the mechanical forces which it is the function of bone to resist. Nevertheless it will have become clear from the facts presented that the time is past

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