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June 9, 1917

Anatomical Names, Especially the Basle Nomina Anatomica ( "BNA").

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(23):1775. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060183024

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Abstract

Anatomy, like many other branches of medical science, is in danger, according to the author, "of being submerged by its own terminology. Over 50,000 names have been given to some 5,000 structures." The purpose of this volume is to Present the B N A (Basle Nomina Anatomica) with a view to having the 5,000 names of this nomenclature made official for the structures mentioned and to discard the remaining 45,000 synonyms. The book is divided into three sections. First is a general discussion of anatomic names, in which these names are classified according to the various systems of the body. This section includes a part on explanation of the nomenclature. The second section consists of a series of biographic sketches by Roy L. Moodie. It occupies approximately 175 pages and is of great interest and value. The biographic sketches are short, yet complete. Following each is the title of the

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