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March 23, 1895

Edwards' Hygiene with Anatomy and Physiology

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(12):455. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430120033016

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It is a great pity that in a book designed for public schools the illustrations should not be more accurate than is the case with most of those in this book. The perspective of the picture on page 8, showing the disposal of organic matter, is bad; and the triangular liver, three-cornered heart and variously shaped intestines in another place would cause the ghosts of Vesalius and Gray to rise from their environment. Extremely ludicrous is the picture of a pugilistic encounter on page 45. Some of the schemes and diagrams are much better, but there certainly can be no excuse for the one on page 121. The text of the book is interesting, if somewhat allegorical and after the manner of fables wherein the good children are always rewarded and the bad are horribly punished. As a work of hygiene we have no hesitancy in recommending the general principles

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