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July 1938

STEREOMICROSCOPIC STUDY OF THE SURFACE OF THE LUNGII. THE ANATOMIC AND PHYSIOLOGIC STRUCTURE OF THE NORMAL LUNG; RÉSUMÉ OF OBSERVATIONS BASED LARGELY ON STEREOMICROSCOPIC STUDY OF THE SURFACE OF LUNGS FIXED AND IN THE LIVING STATE

Author Affiliations

Associate in Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Illinois CHICAGO
From the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Illinois.

Arch Surg. 1938;37(1):7-16. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1938.01200010010002
Abstract

This report is presented as a brief summary of the stereomicroscopic observations on the surface of the lung which I started in 1928. I have felt for some time that the ordinary sections by which the pulmonary structure is studied do not include sufficient tissue to show the structural architecture. Cellular details are easily seen from them, but the sponginess of the lung prevents determining except inferentially the grosser characteristics, interrelations and relation to the mother stem of the alveoli. By stereomicroscopic study of the surface it is possible to see an alveolus in its three dimensions and actually to study its structural, cellular and vascular detail. On first examination the worker will be amazed at the complexity of the variegated holes and strands appearing in every possible position. With sufficient patience he will discover to his pleasure and amazement a new treasure of information. It is hoped that those

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