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February 14, 1948

La réticulose histiomonocytaire

JAMA. 1948;136(7):508. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890240074032

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While hematology in general suffers from a complexity of terms, designations of conditions involving the reticuloendothelial system are particularly confusing. One can therefore sympathize with the author's effort to bring some semblance of order out of this ill defined group of diseases, but it is doubtful whether his conclusions will be completely accepted by other authorities in this field. In the first part of the monograph he attempts to define his term of réticulose histiomonocytaire as a pure malignant metaplastic proliferation of the reticuloendothelial system and does not agree that it should be grouped together with other less specific terms. He uses the terms reticulosis or reticuloendotheliosis generally to designate the specific histologic unit involved—the reticulum or stroma. Cazal is in agreement with Downey in his use of the term leukemic reticuloendotheliosis in referring to a leukemia with a primary, irreversible hyperplasia of the reticuloendothelium (the Schilling type) and differentiates

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