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The view that no illustrations are so true to nature as photographs is adopted by Dr. Cryer. His work (illustrated with half-tone illustrations from photographs of actual sections of the bones of the face and jaws) is the result of "an investigation during which hundreds of skulls have been dissected and studied." This is a marked departure from the methods of studying anatomy so long in vogue. The tissues as they exist in their relation to each other are beautifully shown.
The illustrations are reminders to the student of anatomy that, as the author remarks, "owing to the degeneracy of the face and jaws it is possible though doubtful that in a thousand bones two or three should be found which exactly correspond with the typical bones so pictured."
In the evolution of man, the face and jaws, as Talbot has shown, undergo arrests of development and more marked deformities
Studies of the Internal Anatomy of the Face.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):189. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480030047018
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