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January 14, 1911

Osteology and Syndesmology.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(2):149. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560020065040

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This is a quiz-compend of about 200 pages, and probably answers the purpose of such questionable productions. There are no illustrations. Referring to the necessarily laborious task of learning the bones and joints from the regular descriptive works, the authors say, "it is the hope of the authors that in presenting this small volume they remove the need for such tedious labor."

It may well be asked, "When will students ever have more time for studying the bones and doing this 'tedious labor' than when they are students?" Again quoting, "In the preparation of the text the author has consulted Morris,' Piersol's Gray's, Cunningham's and Swan's anatomies.... " Why deprive the student of the advantage of getting this information at first hand, embellished with the good descriptions and illustrations in the complete works, having the stamp of authority—so far as that goes? Why give him in their stead the bare details

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