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Again thoroughly revised, the present edition of this work is considerably expanded beyond the third edition (1944). The first two editions were written for keener, more mature students and studiously avoided illustration or discussion of what becomes evident in the laboratory. The streamlining of factual content that took place in the third edition has been maintained, but the text has been expanded by additional use of comparative tables and elementary introductory remarks. There are many new references and some new figures. The thoroughness of each of the three revisions, with attendant fluctuations in volume, has not diminished the distinctive character of Cowdry's text. The treatment remains a personalized, highly selective account of the major aspects of histology, with some topics, notably skin and blood, selected for emphasis. The vitality of presentation is matched only in earlier editions. Current research activity is pointed up by references to illustrations in "Life" magazine
A Textbook of Histology: Functional Significance of Cells and Intercellular Substances. JAMA. 1950;144(14):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920140078029
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