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April 6, 1957

Lymphatics, Lymph and Lymphoid Tissue

JAMA. 1957;163(14):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970490105027

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This book represents a thoroughgoing revision of "Lymphatics, Lymph and Lymphoid Tissue," by Drinker and Yoffey. It constitutes a comprehensive review of the subject. The thesis, that the chief mission of the lymphatics is to return to the blood stream the large protein molecules that slowly, but continually, leak through the pores of the capillaries, is presented in a convincing and lucid manner. The authors' discussion of the biological significance of lymphoid tissue is thought-provoking and comprehensive. The writing is scholarly and clear. The numerous illustrations are helpful in explaining the more complex subjects. A special section on practical considerations covers such important topics as circulatory edema, hunger edema, ascites, reaction to injury, traumatic shock, lymphatic obstruction, and the role of the lymphatics in the spread of infection and in the spread of tumors. Extensive bibliographic references follow each chapter. The author index and subject index are of superior quality.

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