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The ever increasing body of knowledge in medicine places a heavy burden upon the present day student and in many disciplines attempts have been made to increase the efficiency of presentation. Anatomy is no exception. In the past decade a number of new textbooks of topographical anatomy have made their appearance. Anatomical texts of this modern breed represent on the part of their authors a commendable effort to present the subject in a realistic manner in view of the inevitable decrease in time allocated to anatomy courses.
In the genesis of a textbook of gross anatomy perhaps the major decision to be made concerns the method of presentation. Should the body be described systematically or should it be described in terms of regions? The systematic approach allows an easy correlation between morphology and function but oftentimes constitutes an obstacle to the appreciation of details of topographical anatomy since only isolated
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