As early as 1846, Horner,1 in describing the odoriferous (apocrine) glands stated:
I have ventured to give this name to a layer of well marked subcutaneous glands placed in the axilla, and which have been too much neglected by anatomists, indeed there are many modern systems in which they are not even alluded to. They are remarkably well evolved and distinct in the negro, though not peculiar to that race, and are just beneath the skin of the arm pit, embedded in the common adipose cellular membrane and intermixed with the bulbs of the hairs. It is well known in our country that the smell of the negroes is particularly redolent from the axilla: (The same may be said in a qualified way of persons of all complexions); and that some of them, with the strongest efforts to free themselves from it, are so organized that they may be
WAY SC, MEMMESHEIMER A. THE SUDORIPAROUS GLANDS: II. THE APOCRINE GLANDS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(3):373–382. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480150047008
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