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March 20, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(12):561-562. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440120035008

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No other place in the country has a finer collection of specimens illustrating the morphologic representation of form met with in the organization of the animal body than is to be found in the museums of the National capital. Disciplinary scholastic requirements now place zoötomy side by side with anthropotomy, and the student of the present, whether intending or commenced, can not ignore the practical relativity of these two branches to the science of medicine. By way of preliminary work, most tutors agree that one's anatomic foundation should begin at least with the amphyoxus and ascend the zoological scale. Indeed, one of the best German anatomists averred to the writer that a medical student should not attempt the human skeleton until he is thoroughly familiar with the osteology of the alligator. We may say further, that he should go back to the remotest physical basis of life; thence working up

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