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May 14, 1938

Veröffentlichungen aus der Konstitutions- und Wehrpathologie

JAMA. 1938;110(20):1700-1701. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790200068037

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This is a rather lengthy report of the postmortem examination of a male gorilla about 10 years old, the principal changes being found in the appendix and lungs. An acute attack was superimposed on an old appendicitis, with perforation and periappendical abscess; in the lungs, hemorrhagic edema was noted with the presence of lymphocytes. The pulmonary changes were thought to be due to the aspiration of water. The presence of calcium casts in the collecting tubules of the kidneys was especially stressed. The hypophysis, which weighed about twice as much as that of a human being, was considered enlarged, and the testes were undeveloped and atrophic, without evidence of spermatogenesis. Since the gorilla was rather obese, adiposogenital dystrophy was considered. Though the necropsy report is interesting, the purpose of a special publication in pamphlet form is not quite clear.

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