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Lester S. King, MD
JAMA. 1966;198(5):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110180111048.
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Microfabric of Man: A Textbook of Histology, by Warren Andrew, 392 pp, 381 illus, $11, Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 1966.

Histology forms a major base for medical education. Consequently, teachers face a constant challenge to make this subject meaningful and interesting to the medical student. The recent developments in microscopic anatomy, the great progress in histochemistry and electron microscopy, the complex interrelations affecting tissue development, represent exciting fields of research which stimulate the investigator, yet at the same time pose problems for the teacher.

How much should be presented to a medical student? The instructor must present enough of the "new" developments to stimulate the student, yet enough of the "old" to provide a firm foundation for his later work. Morphologic details given only for their own sake are boring, but details which fit in with the whole exciting story of human biology are meaningful to the student.


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