Journal of Morphology

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About the Journal

Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology

Professor Charles Otis Whitman was the founder and editor of the Journal.

Professor Whitman died in 1910 before the first number was issued and the volume becomes a memorial to one who had a wide influence in the elevation of biological science. (from VOLUME 22 1911).

Other Historic Journals: Amer. J Anat. | Anat. Rec. | J Morphol. | J Anat.

1987 Introduction to the Journal

The zoological literature of this country is found in the various publications of the Smithsonian Institution, in voluminous reports of government commissions, in the memoirs and proceedings of societies and academies, in the bulletins and memoirs of a few universities, and in numerous periodicals devoted to the natural sciences.

With such varied ways and means of publication what more can be required? The answer must be brief: diversity in these respects is not an evidence of efficiency, but of weakness. Concentration is our need. How shall we effect it? Can any one or more of our present media of publication be converted into a strong central organ, devoted exclusively to the presentation of original research in animal morphology? Unfortunately no one of them appears to be capable of undergoing such a radical metamorphosis. Every attempt in this direction has failed, and for reasons too obvious to require notice here; and every combination scheme has found an effectual barrier in the rivalries of different institutions.

Our scientific publications are miscellanies, and such they are destined to remain. No one of them can make any pretension to fulfilling the functions of a morphological journal. Nowhere in this entire country is there a single efficient serial publication offering to extend its privileges to zoologists in general, without regard to local restrictions. The result is that valuable papers have been shelved for years ; some have been published with illustrations of an inferior quality ; and not a few have been brought to the light through the aid of foreign journals.

Much, then, as we owe to our scientific societies for what they have done and are still doing for the biological sciences, and earnestly as we may desire to sustain and strengthen their resources, we recognize needs which such organizations have never undertaken to supply.

Our system of publication, even if it were not limited in means and burdened with local restrictions, would still sufifer from defects of method that admit of no remedy. The inaccessibility of our literature — scattered as it is among the publications of so many societies and institutions, and mixed up with a mass of heterogeneous matter that has no value for a zoologist — is notorious. The mixed character and scattered sources of our publications are twin evils that have become intolerable both at home and abroad. The establishment of the Journal of Morphology may not be the deathblow to these evils ; but there is hope that it will, at least, relieve the more embarrassing difficulties of the present situation.

It is unnecessary to expatiate on the advantages offered by such a medium of publication. They have long been acknowledged, appreciated, and enjoyed by those who have occupied themselves with the biological sciences in other countries. Germany, France, England, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland have their morphological journals ; and the number supported in each country may be taken as an index of its productivity in morphological research.

We have not hitherto followed the example of other nations in this particular ; but we venture to say that the time has come when at least one morphological journal should and can be creditably maintained. Our confidence is based on the fact that we now have several flourishing morphological laboratories established in this country; on the hearty assurances of support given by those who represent the principal centres of research in the United States and Canada ; and on the character and number of the contributions offered for the first volume.

As previously announced, the JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY will be devoted principally to embryological, anatomical, and histological subjects. Although limited in a general way to animal morphology, it has not been thought necessary to make this fact prominent in the title.

The Journal will be issued in numbers, each containing from one hundred and fifty to two hundred or more pages, and from eight to ten lithographic plates. The second number, completing the first volume, will appear in November.

It is hardly practicable, and perhaps it is not desirable, to have stated times of publication. It is more important to provide for the early appearance of papers than for regularity in issue ; and accordingly the plan has been adopted of publishing numbers as often as the requisite material is furnished.

A partial compensation for the unavoidable delays that have attended the vssue of the first number will be found in the fact that it has been made much larger, and more expensive in illustration, than was promised in the original announcement.


J Morphol. : 18 - 1903 | 19 - 1908 | 20 - 1909 | 21 - 1910 | 22 - 1911 | 23 - 1912 | 24 - 1913 | 25 - 1914 | 26 - 1915 | 27 - 1916 | 28 - 1916-17 | 29 - 1917 | 30 - 1917-18 | 31 - 1918 | 32 - 1918 | 33 - 1919-20 | 34 - 1920 | 35 - 1921 | 36 - 1921-22 | 40 - 1928 | 47 - 1929 | 51 - 1931 | 52 - 1931 |
Other Historic Journals: Amer. J Anat. | Anat. Rec. | J Morphol.
Links: Historic Embryology Papers

Links: Historic Embryology Papers | Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology | Association of American Anatomists

Suspended Aug. 1901-Mar. 1903 and from May 1903-June 1908

Has occasional supplements

Vols. for 1908-1924 issued by: Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology

Vols. 1 (1887)-25 (1914) in v. 25

Continued in Sept. 1924 by: Journal of morphology and physiology

Other Historic Journals: Amer. J Anat. | Anat. Rec. | J Morphol.

Volume 1 - 1887

Journal of Morphology 1 (1887)

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Orr H. A contribution to the embryology of the lizard. (1887) J Morphol. 1: 311-372.

Volume 2 - 1889

Journal of Morphology 2 (1888-89)

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Minot CS. Uterus And Embryo - I. Rabbit II. Man. (1889) J Morphol. 2:

Volume 3 - 1889

Journal of Morphology 3 (1889)

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III Dr. G. Baur. On the Morphology of the Vertebrate-Skull . 467-474

Volume 4 - 1890

Journal of Morphology 4 (1890)

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Ayers H. Concerning vertebrate cephalogenesis. (1890) J Morphol. 4: 221-245.

McClure CFW. The segmentation of the primitive vertebrate brain. (1890) J Morphol. 4: 35-56.

Howell WH. The life history of the formed elements of the blood, especially the red blood corpuscles. (1890) J Morphol. 4: 57-116.

Howell WH. Observations upon the occurrence, structure and function of the giant cells of the marrow. (1890) J Morphol. 4: 117-130.

Volume 5 - 1891

Journal of Morphology 5 (1891)

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Mall FP. A human embryo twenty-six days old. (1891) J Morphol. 5: 459-480.

Volume 6 - 1892

Journal of Morphology 6 (1892)

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Ayers H. Vertebrate cephalogenesis, II. A contribution to the morphology of the vertebrate ear, with a reconsideration of its functions . (1892) J Morphol. 6(3): 1-360.

Watase S. On the phenomena of sex-differentiation. (1891) J Morphol. 6: 481-493.

Volume 7 - 1892

Journal of Morphology 7 (1892)

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Volume 8 - 1893

Journal of Morphology 8 (1893)

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I. Wm. M. Wheeler. A Contribution to Insect Embryology . 1-160

IV. Albert C. Eycleshymer. The Development of the Optic Vesicles in Amphibia 189-194

Volume 9 - 1894

Journal of Morphology 9 (1894)

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II. E. O. Jordan and A. C. Eycleshymer. On the Cleavage of Amphibian Ova . . 407-416

Volume 10 - 1895

Journal of Morphology 10 (1895)

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I. Albert C. Eycleshymer. The Early Development of Ambly stoma, with Observations on Some Other Vertebrates 343-418

II. T. H. Morgan. The Formation of the Fish Embryo . . 419-472

Volume 11 - 1895

Journal of Morphology 11 (1895)

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I. Contributions to the Structure and Development of the Vertebrate Head. William A. Locy. 497-594

Volume 12 - 1896

Journal of Morphology 12 (1896)

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V. Franklin P. Mall. Development of the Hnman Coelom . . . 395-453

Volume 13 - 1897

Journal of Morphology 13 (1897)

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Volume 14 - 1898

Journal of Morphology 14 (1897-98)

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VII. Franklin P. Mall. Development of the Ventral Abdominal Walls in Man 347-366

Volume 15 - 1898

Journal of Morphology 15 (1898)

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Edward G. Gardiner. IV. The Growth of the Ovum, Formation of the Polar Bodies, and the Fertilization in Polychoenis Caiidatns 73-110

Volume 16 - 1899-1900

Journal of Morphology 16 (1899-1900)

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Volume 17 - 1901

Journal of Morphology 17 (1901)

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Volume 18 - 1903

Journal of Morphology 18 (1903)

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Volume 19 - 1908

Journal of Morphology 19 (1908)

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Franklin P. Mall.

A Study of the Causes rUnderlying the Origin of Human Monsters. (Third Contribution to the Study of the Pathology of Human Embryos) 3-368

Volume 20 - 1909

Journal of Morphology 20 (1909)

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I. Mary Blount.

The Early Development of the Pigeon s Egg, with Especial Reference to Polyspermy and the Origin of the Perihlast Nuclei 1-64

II. J. Trios. Patterson.

Gastrulation in the Pigeons Egg. A Morphological and Experimental Study 65-124

Volume 21 - 1910

Journal of Morphology 21 (1910)

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Schaeffer JP. The lateral wall of the cavum nasi in man, with especial reference to the various developmental stages. (1910) J Morphol. 21: 613-708.

J. Paksons Schaeffer. The lateral wall of the cavum nasi in man, with especial reference to the various developmental stages. Fifty figures 613

Volume 22 - 1911

Journal of Morphology 22 (1911)

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Leo Loeb. The cyclic changes in the ovary of the guinea pig 37

William A. Locy. Anatomical illustration before Vesalius. Twenty-three figures 945

Biography, Charles Otis Whitman. Five portraits xv

Volume 23 - 1912

Journal of Morphology 23 (1912)

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George W. Bartelmez. The bilaterality of the pigeon's egg. A study in egg organization from the first growth i^eriod of the oocyte to the beginning of cleavage. Forty-seven figures 269

Volume 24 - 1913

Journal of Morphology 24 (1913)

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William K. Gregory. Critique of recent work on the morphology of the vertebrate skull, especially in relation to the origin of mammals. Twenty- five figures 1

Volume 25 - 1914

Journal of Morphology 25 (1914)

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H. V. Neal. The morphology of the eye muscle nerves. Nine plates and four text figures 1

Volume 26 - 1915

Journal of Morphology 26 (1915)

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Huber GC. The development of the albino rat, Mus norvegicus albinus. I. From the pronuclear stage to the stage of mesoderm anlage; end of the first to the end of the ninth day. (1915) J Morphol. 26: 247-358.

G. Carl Huber. The development of the albino rat, Mus norvegicus albinus. I. From the pronuclear stage to the stage of mesoderm anlage; end of the first to the end of the ninth day. Thirty-two figures 247

Huber GC. The development of the albino rat, Mus norvegicus albinus. II. Abnormal ova: end of the first to the end of the ninth day. (1915) J Morphol. 26: 359-391.

G. Carl Huber. The development of the albino rat, Mus norvegicus albinus. II. Abnormal ova: end of the first to the end of the ninth day. Ten figures. 359

Volume 27 - 1916

Journal of Morphology 27 (1916)

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Kernan, JD.Jr. The chondrocranium of a 20 mm. human embryo. (1916) J Morphol. 27: 603-644. Nine plates

Volume 28 - 1916-17

Journal of Morphology 28 (1916-17)

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Volume 29 - 1917

Journal of Morphology 29 (1917)

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Volume 30 - 1917-18

Journal of Morphology 30 (1917-18)

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Grace P. Hays. A case of a syndactylous cat. Sixteen figures 65

Kingery HM. Oogenesis in the white mouse. (1917) J Morphol. 30(1): 261. Fifty-two figures (5 plates). 261

Neal HV. The history of the eye muscles. (1917) J Morphol. 30(1): 433. Twenty figures 433

Volume 31 - 1918

Journal of Morphology 31 (1918)

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H. V. Neal. Neuromeres and metameres. Seventeen text-figures 293

Charles Eugene Johnson. The origin of the ultimobranchial body and its relation to the fifth pouch in birds. Two text-figures and two plates 583

Volume 32 - 1918

Journal of Morphology 32 (1918)

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Carl G. Hartman. Studies in the development of the opossum (Didelphys virginiana L.). III. Description of new material on maturation, cleavage, and entoderm formation. IV. The bilaminar blastocyst. Eight text figures and twenty-two plates 1

Arthur William Meyer. On the nature, occurrence, and identity of the plasma cells of Hofbauer 327

ToKiJYASu Kudo. The facial musculature of the Japanese. Five text figures and three plates 637

Volume 33 - 1919-20

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Volume 34 - 1920

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Volume 35 - 1921

Journal of Morphology 35 (1921)

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Fujimura G. Cytological studies on the internal secretory functions in the human placenta and decidua. (1921) J Morphol. 35(3): 486-576.

Gencho Fujimura. Cytological studies on the internal secretory functions in the human placenta and decidua. One diagram and two double plates (ninety-six figures) 485

Volume 36 - 1921-22

Journal of Morphology 36 (1921-22)

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Stunkard HW. Primary neuromeres and head segmentation. (1922) J Morphol. 36(2): 331-356.

Horace W. Stunkard. Primary neuromeres and head segmentation. Twenty figures 331

Volume 40 - 1928

Journal of Morphology 40 (1928)

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Volume 47 - 1929

Journal of Morphology 47 (1929)

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Volume 51 - 1931

Journal of Morphology 51 (1931)

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Volume 52 - 1931

Journal of Morphology 52 (1931)

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