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Dr. Hillemann's letter was referred to Dr. Smith for comment, and his reply follows.—Ed.
To the Editor:—
Dr. Hillemann's citation of Henry Power's description of the capillary circulation in 1649 is a welcome correction. May I take this opportunity to correct another misstatement of mine concerning Malpighi: only after I wrote the article referred to (J. A. M. A.153:1512-1514 [Dec. 26] 1953) did I peruse Malpighi's paper on the kidney carefully enough to discover that he failed to recognize that his renal corpuscles were composed of the capillaries that he had described to Borelli a few years before. Never once in this paper does he mention the minute "tubes" that he saw in the lung of the frog.
Smith HW. COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE KIDNEY-Reply. JAMA. 1955;157(6):532. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950230045023