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May 27, 1911


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Assistant Professor of Histology, Cornell University Medical College NEW YORK

JAMA. 1911;LVI(21):1544-1546. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560210016006

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Medicine as a science is yet in its infancy; its composite development, its evolution, forms a steadily increasing curve, but each of its component parts form irregular curves with frequent rises, falls and stationary levels, when historically considered. The close of the last century marked the completion of a period of rapid development in surgical science, during which it was, perhaps, eminently desirable that the medical student should view anatomy with exaggerated reference to its surgical importance.

The beginning of the present century offers promise of an equally important development on the side of internal medicine. The former necessity is now superseded by the latter, and for the internist an accurate and extensive familiarity with visceral anatomy is of fundamental importance.

If there was a time when students could be allowed to devote weeks to the careful dissection of an arm or a leg and then for want of time

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