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October 17, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(16):421-423. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391150001001

METHODS OF RESORPTION AND DISPOSAL OF FOREIGN BODIES IN THE LIVING SYSTEM.1  BY N. S. DAVIS, JR., A.M., M.D.,LECTURER ON PATHOLOGY IN THE CHICAGO MEDICAL COLLEGE.Materials to be reabsorbed are chiefly the products of inflammation, such as exudates and necrosed tissue. These constitute foreign bodies, or are unnatural in the place in which they are found. They are therefore disposed of as are all foreign bodies, by an attempt on the part of the system to rid itself of their presence.Substances capable of resorption differ in their nature, and may be grouped in three categories: first, liquids; second, soluble solids; and third, insoluble solids. By soluble solids I mean those that can be dissolved in the normal juices of the tissues, the lymph or blood.Liquids are readily removed, unless they exist in overwhelming amounts, by the lymphatics. The liquid mingles with and practically becomes