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There are no textbooks of human anatomy in English which combine adequate descriptive treatment with a clear explanation of mechanical function. All contain details which should enable an experienced anatomist to deduce the functional design of a given part or region; but the treatment is mainly concerned with a description of systemic anatomy, functional analysis of the whole organ or region being confined to generalities in small print. The so-called "applied anatomies" do not meet this need, for they are primarily designed to introduce the surgical approach. For the architectonic principle of structure one must turn to the works of
A Method of Anatomy.. Ann Intern Med. ;11:1765. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-9-1765_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(9):1765.
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