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November 20, 1948

A Handbook for Dissectors

JAMA. 1948;138(12):932. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900120074045

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This excellent little book is of especial value to medical students at this time. The third edition is the product not only of many years sound teaching, but also of eight years' experience with the earlier editions. The first edition referred to the authors' textbook only; this one does not refer to any single textbook but can be used with equal convenience with any or all of them. Its outlook is clinical—preparation for medicine and surgery. Sound knowledge of gross human anatomy is obviously a basic essential of such preparation. Dissection is rightfully required by all the state laws. But biochemistry, bacteriology, pharmacology, etc., are also fundamental and must have places in the preclinical medical curriculum. The time available for dissection is reduced, and therefore cannot be wasted but must be spent to the greatest advantage. On this consideration the Canadian book is admirable. On completing one careful dissection with

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