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July 2, 1955

Segmental Anatomy of the Lungs: A Study of the Patterns of the Segmental Bronchi and Related Pulmonary Vessels

JAMA. 1955;158(9):796. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960090090023

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In this volume, one of the most eminent anatomists of our time presents the results of his studies on the anatomy of the lung. These studies, stretching over almost a decade, constitute a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the bronchial and vascular pattern of the various pulmonary segments. Of fundamental significance is the system, devised by the author, to designate the complicated bronchial and vascular structures involved. This system, based on a combination of letters and numbers, may superficially seem complicated, but in studying and describing the involved ramifications of bronchi and related vessels, it is useful and simple and provides a rational and systematic nomenclature by which the numerous variations can be understood. By examining large numbers of specimens, the author was able to establish prevailing patterns of the segmental and subsegmental ramifications of the bronchial and vascular tree. Using these as a base line, the variations are classified

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