Introducing Human Anatomy


OF late years there has been a rather depressing spate of books that purport to be introductions to the study of anatomy. For the most part these works tend to recapitulate the type of book that was formerly addressed to nurses or students of massage but which is now dished up for the benefit of the medical student. As such they are symptomatic of what in the United States has been termed “the eclipse of Anatomy” and are the outcome of the present tendency to abbreviate the medical student's course in the study of human anatomy. They can only be classed as the products of expediency in a period during which the teaching of anatomy to medical students is definitely undergoing eclipse. If the student is to have his study of anatomy curtailed in an overcrowded curriculum it is but natural that the text-books read by a former generation may prove to be beyond his capacity and his needs.

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An Introduction to the Study of Anatomy. By Prof. W. E. Le Gros Clark. Pp. xi + 372. (Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1939.) 15s. net.


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JONES, F. Introducing Human Anatomy. Nature 144, 351 (1939).

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