The Physiology of Reproduction
Journal of the American Medical Association
In his preface the author says, "I came to the conclusion that the entire macroscopic anatomy for the dissecting-room and also for surgical purposes should be arranged in natural outline form, and consequently I have prepared this volume on the head and neck." The book contains 600 pages slightly smaller than those in Gray's "Anatomy," with the subj ect\x=req-\ matter arranged in typical outline form, with headings, subheadings and further divisions. As there is considerable descriptive text,
... descriptive text, and as the outline form is used in laying out the matter, the full space is occupied with this one region of the body. To put the "entire macroscopic anatomy" of a region such as has been selected into an outline, is a work that might appal one less hardy than the author. As to the real test of its merit the words of the author may be further quoted as follows : "To what extent I have failed in writing the much-talked-of and badly needed ideal dissector remains to be judged by my professional confrères." The author is evidently an earnest advocate of the outline method with thoroughness in all its details. The extent to which this· method expands the text is realized when we observe that two full pages are devoted to the omohyoid mus¬ cle and more than a page to the frontal, artery and vein. Different casts of mind naturally vary the point of view, so that things are seen differently by different observers. So it is with outlines: while the frequent breaks in the description by the interpolation of headings, subheadings and other divi¬ sions disturbing consecutive reading are results naturally to be expected and willingly accepted in the usual synoptical treatment of a subject where the simple divisions amply suffice to suggest the rest of the matter under review, it becomes a matter about which there is much less likely to be a unanim¬ ity of opinion when besides this all the details are exhaust¬ ively filled in. Much that is valuable and difficult of access elsewhere is likely to remain hidden in the text on account of the tediousncss of unraveling the outline. The fifty-one half-tone illustrations are about equally divided between photographic reproductions and artists' sketches of original specimens. Although suggestive of inter¬ esting and instructive original specimens, the reproductions are not the best, and leave much to be desired. Thirty-nine of the illustrations are devoted to the brain, three to sections of the head, three to sections of the larynx and pharynx, three to sketches of the orbit, and one each to the mastoid region, the veins of the diploe, and the skull with relation to the ven¬ tricles of the brain. With due respect for the author's pride in presenting none but original illustrations, one cannot help noting the absence of the beautiful figures of dissected regions that are so characteristic of the usual works of this class, and which more than any other single feature serve to stimulate the student to neat and thorough work. The Physiology of Reproduction.