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August 23, 1947

The Anatomy of the Nervous System: Its Development and Function

JAMA. 1947;134(17):1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880340067022

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This has been the leading textbook in its field since it first appeared in 1920. An epoch in neurologic teaching and research began at about that time, and the late Professor Stephen Walter Ranson played a leading part in its development. His influence has been felt throughout the country, not only in the more limited sphere of the nervous system, but in all aspects of anatomy, which he so ably helped build into a highy functional and meaningful subject for the student of medicine. During hislifetime he contributed six revisions on this book, earnestly striving to incorporate significant advances and at the same time avoid emphasis of insignificant details. It is remarkable that even after he had ceased to instruct first year students and had become engrossed in highly technical aspects of research, he was able to keep the beginner's point of view in his writing.

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