It is a well-known fact that when general death of the body occurs all its cells do not at once die. Every surgeon knows that transplantation with bits of skin that have been removed from the body for some time give very good results. Pieces of skin from dead bodies have been observed when placed on wound surfaces to form substantial and permanent cutaneous covering. Wentsche transplanted skin successfully after having kept the pieces for twenty-four to forty-eight hours in physiologic salt solution. Garré, who examined into the histology of the healing process of transplantation, found that large cell masses could maintain their life and power of proliferation for more than forty-eight hours, although they were simply made to adhere to a wound surface and were without demonstrable blood circulation.
Recently Ljunggren1 undertook a series of experiments for the purpose of further studying the faculty of epithelium to preserve
THE POWER OF EPITHELIUM TO LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE HUMAN ORGANISM. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(17):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450170045005
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