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October 21, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(17):1233-1234. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590170041018

A medical man is frequently brought into relation with situations which remind him of the existence and functional importance of that vague entity entitled the lymphatic system. During his student days its structure and physiologic duties were defined in rather indefinite terms; and the uncertainty as to precisely what the lymphatics consist of, where their ramifications proceed, and how they assist in the undoubtedly useful regulative performances which are ascribed to them seems to persist. It is a decided advantage, therefore, to have an opportunity to review the status of the subject and to have the timely problem of the lymphatic system presented in an expert way. This has recently been done by Dr. Florence R. Sabin.1

The conception of the structure and particularly the origin of the lymphatic system has undergone profound changes in recent years. How confused the ideas of the past generation have been is attested

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