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Text-book of Embryology

Nature volume 82, pages 272273 (06 January 1910) | Download Citation



THIS bulky volume is the third American textbook of embryology that,has appeared in recent years. Like Prof. Heisler's work, of which a revised edition was published two years ago, it is addressed primarily to students of medicine and anatomy, being, in fact, based upon the course in embryology given at the medical school of Columbia University. Consequently it differs in its style of treatment from Prof. Lillie's “Development of the Chick,” which is apparently intended for zoological students beginning embryology; and whereas Prof. Lillie confines his attention almost exclusively to a single type, and never passes outside the class Aves, the authors of the present volume, although dealing more particularly with human development, have aimed at treating the subject from a comparative standpoint, believing this to be the most efficient way of teaching it. With this opinion most teachers of biology must surely concur. It is satisfactory to note also that the physiology of the developmental processes is not entirely passed over. Thus, in an excellent chapter on the nervous system contributed to this volume by Dr. Oliver S. Strong, the author has been able to include much physiological matter which usually finds no place in a text-book of embryology.

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