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Nature volume 127, page 364 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



THERE can be no doubt that the easiest approach to the study of vertebrate anatomy is the development of the embryo and its organogeny. In recent years, in American colleges and universities, there has been a tendency to relegate certain of the initial subjects of the crowded medical curriculum to the two pre-medical years of study, and to combine the teaching of embryology with comparative anatomy and histology. Thus a wider and more generalised field can be covered than is permissible in human embryology alone. In the book under review, considerable space has been devoted to questions of general development, cytology, and the early development of Amphioxus and the frog. Reference is made to some of the more recent work of Spemann, Mangold, and Marx on “organisms” or embryo-forming materials.

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