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As the title indicates, the book is original in its design and execution. This work covers not only the matter usually comprised in ordinary works on surgical anatomy, but as well the surface anatomy, or "land-marks." Surface anatomy is not only a necessary study for the artist, but for the surgeon, especially in these days of the philotomists, when every swelling must be "explored," and the unfortunate abdomen slashed open whenever there is any unusual change in its contour. The more knowledge of surface anatomy, the less "exploratory" slashing. The more knowledge of surface anatomy, the more accurate the diagnoses in injuries of the joints, and the fewer the litigants in malpractice suits. Prof. McClellen, himself a teacher of anatomy in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as in a medical school, has given the most complete exposition of the subject.
The illustrations are accurate and handsomely executed,
Regional Anatomy in its Relation to Medicine and Surgery.. JAMA. 1891;XVII(14):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410920038005