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This is an interesting though somewhat philosophical dissertation on the diseases of the venous system. It is studded with ingenious hypotheses, some of which may stand the test of experimental or clinical evidence. Of the many suggestions may be mentioned the emphasis on normal venous peristalsis and its absence or diminution in certain types of individuals, and the explanation of pigmentation and dry peeling skin in phlebitis as being due to short reflexes from vein to skin. The injection treatment may interrupt these venous reflexes and thus improve the disorders of the skin. Varicose eczema is explained by sensitization accentuated by the stasis of antibody-antigen. The formation of edema is presented in the light of physiochemical factors influencing the retention of fluid in the tissues. A great deal of emphasis is laid on endocrine factors, a favorite subject of French authors. The spastic and organic arterial changes that accompany venous
Les maladies des veines et leur traitement. JAMA. 1933;100(18):1457. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740180079040
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