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May 21, 1938

A Method of Anatomy: Descriptive and Deductive

JAMA. 1938;110(21):1779. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790210059034

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This is a short textbook in anatomy, evidently intended for use with dissecting manuals and atlases. The method to which the title refers is one by which the author seeks to give the medical student a less formidable textbook than the books commonly used; the latter are discouragingly large and their arrangement is systemic, that is, by systems—bones, muscles, arteries and nerves; the arrangement of this book is regional. Many attempts to give shorter anatomies to medical students have been made and most have failed. The student found them insufficient either for his own interest or for examinations, and though the standard textbooks were long, they were attractive, logically arranged and beautifully illustrated. So students preferred them, doing their own selecting and possessing a comprehensive work for lifelong reference. But the time devoted to dissection in the medical curriculum is much less than it was thirty years ago and many

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