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August 26, 1939

Elements d'embryologie

JAMA. 1939;113(9):881. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800340151028

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This is a textbook on embryology in all its biologic aspects. It is modeled on the Traité of Brachet, adapted for the use of medical students by the omission of detail and, in the section on organogenesis, by emphasis on the conditions in man. The preface says "The object is to present to students the elements of embryology which they need not only for a better understanding of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology but also for their general culture" and "pour la formation de leur esprit biologique." These ends are admirably achieved. It has the clear logical arrangement so characteristic of the French, and the style is often sparkling and picturesque. On page 255 one reads that "l'oeuf devient sensible à la présence d'un génome d'une autre espèce." In the first section the gametes are considered and the embryologic aspects of heredity—a feature too often neglected in medical courses.

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