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Precisely what is meant by the term "Applied " Anatomy, let the writer of this manual himself define.
"Applied anatomy has, I imagine, a two-fold function. On the one hand it serves to give a precise basis to those procedures in practice that more especially involve anatomical knowledge; on the other hand, it endues the dull items of that knowledge with meaning and interest by the aid of illustations drawn from common medical and surgical experience. In this latter aspect it bears somewhat the same relation to systematic anatomy that a series of experiments in physics bears to a treatise dealing with the bare data of that science.
" The student of human anatomy has often a nebulous notion that what he is learning will some time prove of service to him. * * * Beyond these impressions, he must regard his efforts as concerned merely in the accumulation of a number of hard, unassimilable
E. W. A.. Applied Anatomy. JAMA. 1883;I(25):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390250018009
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