January 1976

The Lymphatic System

Author Affiliations

Lexington, Ky


by Mario Battezzati and Ippolito Donini, 496 pp, 284 illus, $37.50, Halsted Press, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(1):95-96. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360190097032

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This volume represents the synthesis of a decade of study of the lymphatic system by the two authors. The book's purpose is to present a description and discussion of the normal and pathologic anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system.

The initial two chapters cover the historical and embryological aspects. The following section discusses the anatomy of the lymphatic microcirculation, collecting ducts, nodes, and main trunks. Included in this section is material on the immunological aspects, function of the lymphocyte, methods of lymph formation and flow, and lymph content. Chapters 4 and 5 are devoted to the methods and findings of lymphography with the use of a variety of radiopaque substances. Findings in both normal and disease states are outlined. Chapters 6, 7, and 8 outline the pathology of the main trunks, collecting ducts, and nodes, respectively. Chapter 9 approaches the same material on a regional basis, ie, head and

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