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October 2, 1937

Handbook of Microscopical Technique for Workers in Animal and Plant Tissues

JAMA. 1937;109(14):1150. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780400066036

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This book, not being cyclopedic in aim, exhibits the advantages and the faults of a series of essays written by thirty-four authors on a subject that is still more art than science. It begins with an eight-page discussion of methods written for beginners by the editor. The chapter on the study of fresh material (ninety-one pages) includes an admirable account of the aims and procedures of microdissection. Twenty-three pages are devoted to the staining of bacteria; ninety pages to botanic methods, and here is the only discussion of lipoid technics. Cytologic methods cover twenty-four pages, embryologic method thirty-three pages. The chapters on hematology (forty-five pages) include physical, chemical and histologic methods for the study of blood and blood-forming organs. Fifty-eight pages are given to bone and teeth, thirty-five to connective tissue and muscle, 185 to the central nervous system, thirty to the Protozoa. There is a general consideration of the

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