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July 12, 1958

Dynamic Anatomy and Physiology

JAMA. 1958;167(11):1442. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990280128030

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This book is similar in manner to "The Physiology of Man" by Langley and Cheraskin, which appeared in 1954. Both reflect the fear of pedantry that has struck modern educators. In the present work the proposition that "learning can be fun" has been extended to include anatomy. The adjective "dynamic" presumably applies especially to the anatomy, since static physiology would be a contradiction in terms. The authors' discussion of dynamic processes on page 38 is unfortunately rendered puzzling by the confusion of the two words "static" and "steady." The informal style, with its studied avoidance of the customary, the academic, and the precise, sometimes lapses into the inexact and the obscure. About the general competence of the authors, however, there can be no doubt. The book is full of detailed and up-to-date information, and it deserves special praise for a wealth of new illustrations, many of them uncommonly beautiful and

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