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Notes on Comparative Anatomy: a Syllabus of a Course of Lectures delivered at St Thomas's Hospital

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DR. ORD may be congratulated on having put together this compact, lucid, and well-arranged Syllabus. It is well adapted to serve as a framework, for lecturers on Comparative Anatomy to fill up, and students may also use it to refresh the memory when once stored with more slowly acquired information. The abuse of it will be for men to bolt this condensed extract of scientific food in order to produce it again under examination. The author seems to have foreseen this danger, and not only warns against it, but has been careful to preserve the bald and dry style which ought to repel those who do not know how to use the book as he intends. Still, experience of the way in which Prof. Huxley's “Introduction to Classification” is misused by being literally learned by rote, shows to what ill uses such compendia may be put.

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