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November 1965

Induction Phenomena in Tissue Regeneration.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(5):786-787. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870050140023

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The argot of the classical embryologist has undeniable appeal for anyone who sighs over descriptions of Hapsburg Vienna. Such a person will be overcome by Weltschmerz when he finishes this book. All the great words, great experiments, and great concepts of the 19th and early 20th centuries are reviewed by a Swedish surgeon lately retired as chief of the clinic at the Köping Hospital.

Levander's thesis that induced embryonic development is at the base of tissue regeneration and neoplasia is worth everyone's appreciation, but readers in general will probably find the chapter on regeneration of gastric mucosa of most interest. Those who treat so-called venous ulcers cannot fail to have their sentiments provoked by the methods of accelerating mitotic activity by application of coal tar or electrolyte paste to the margins of the wound.

The summary is welcome as it analyzes continental work and as it reflects the interests

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