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September 9, 1939

Surface Anatomy

JAMA. 1939;113(11):1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800360072037

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This is a brief book on topographic anatomy, with especial attention to surface markings. The illustrations are reproductions of photographs and as such are supposed to offer the natural body contours. Some of them are mediocre and no better than line drawings. The intent of the book is excellent, but more and better illustrations are needed. In a book obviously intended for medical students, omission of pelvic illustrations is a serious fault which sharply curtails its value as an anatomic reference.

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