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May 14, 1960

Lymphocytes and Mast Cells

JAMA. 1960;173(2):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020200089029

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Abstract

Much has been written about lymphocytes, but relatively little is known about them. The same applies to a greater extent to mast cells. This monograph is an attempt to gather between the covers of a small book what has been written about these cells. The authors are well qualified for the task. They have been contributing to the subject individually and jointly for many years. The lymphocytes, plasma cells, mast cells, and certain other cells (eosinophils, neutrophils, monocytes, and glia cells) supply nutritive materials and regulate protein metabolism. The feeding function of these cells, the trephocytes, is the subject of the book. The general principles are presented in the introduction. The second chapter deals with lymphocytes and plasma cells. The mast cell is discussed in the next five chapters; the specific topics are structure, staining methods, distribution, histamine, capillary permeability, heparin, and hyaluronic acid. The following chapters pertain to the

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