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May 30, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1081-1082. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740033005

To the student commencing the study of anatomy the number and variety of details he is required to memorize is generally appalling. Not infrequently he abandons the effort in despair; sometimes he contrives to retain a certain proportion of these details by the use of more or less appropriate "catches" or mnemonics. This use of memoria technica dates back to the early classic writers and nearly every one, even at the present day, has occasion to use some form of them—at least that familiar one concerning the number of days in the months. But for anatomy few are in use in this country and the ones generally heard are that about " vexatious Timothy" and a suggestive one relating to the position of the bones in the carpus.

In the old country, on the contrary, and especially in France, every medical school has its series of "catches" and some of them