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February 21, 1948

Buchanan's Manual of Anatomy

JAMA. 1948;136(8):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890250075031

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This manual appears to be entirely out of line with the strong current tendencies of publishers as well as teachers to present anatomic material in a highly colorful and artistic fashion. There are numerous drawings which do not serve the purpose for which they have apparently been intended. Some drawings are crude, others are unusually crowded with detail, while still others show evidence of need for factual editing. The presence of a considerable number of radiographs enhances the text, but even here the absence of labels prevents the student from adequately interpreting the plate with any degree of authenticity. The reference to clinical application of anatomic facts is a distinctly desirable and important feature.

The chapters dealing with terminology and development are on the whole desirable and instructive. The chapter on osteology is entirely too extensive for a "manual." The chapters devoted to the description of the upper limb, lower

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