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March 10, 1951

Osteology for Dissectors: A Tutorial Pocketbook

JAMA. 1951;145(10):771. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920280083040

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This small book provides notes on osteology that may be used conveniently in the dissecting room as a guide or at home as a refresher medium. Included are well detailed descriptions of the vertebrae, ribs, sternum, extremities and skull. Line drawings of the bones discussed are clear and, although diagrammatic, are helpful to the student. In addition, the author has inserted throughout the text notes on soft tissues related to the osteology. For example, in discussing the metacarpals and phalanges, he includes an additional note on the small muscles of the hand. Four appendixes are included. The first discusses the action of voluntary muscle, the second provides some valuable points on the course of the femoral artery, the third adds some notes pertaining to the base of the skull and the fourth contains further detailed descriptions of the ethmoid bone.

The author remarks that "osteology has the reputation for being

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