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As a discipline sufficient unto itself, gross anatomy is virtually a dodo. Those men who teach the subject now are usually something other than gross anatomists—they are neurophysiologists, electron microscopists, experimental pathologists, surgeons. A prediction that the time given to the teaching of gross anatomy in medical schools will rapidly wither in the face of the flowering of physiology and biochemistry is hardly a rash guess. Yet in some areas of clinical medicine—surgery and radiology, especially—a thorough grounding in topographic anatomy will remain a firm need in training, one increasingly likely to be met in postgraduate (residency) training.
Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy.. Ann Intern Med. ;61:605–606. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-3-605_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(3):605-606.
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