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October 10, 1936

Über Sternalpunktionen

JAMA. 1936;107(15):1245-1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770410067031

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This is a comprehensive monograph on sternal bone marrow puncture. The first three chapters are devoted to a historical sketch of bone marrow puncture, the structure of bone marrow and the technic of sternal puncture. The author points out that with an increasing volume of bone marrow puncture material the absolute number of cells becomes lowered as the result of the admixture of blood with specific bone marrow cells. She therefore advises working with a small volume and she has selected 0.2 cc. Even with this precaution the absolute number of cells may vary and the values in different punctures in the same individual show decided fluctuations. The following chapters are concerned with a description of the morphology of normal and pathologic sternal punctures. The author discusses the various views concerning cell development but follows the belief that the youngest myeloblasts are the same stem cells of the erythrocytic and

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