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June 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(6):1086-1107. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490120088013

The function of the sudoriparous or coil glands has been the subject of much discussion and investigation since Simon1 first noticed fat in sweat. Later Kölliker,2 in 1853, expressed the view that the coil glands produce not only ordinary sweat but also a product rich in fats and albumin, with grades intermediate between the two extremes. Attention was called to the fact that the ordinary sweat glands, the axillary glands and the ceruminous glands constituted an unbroken order of development.

In 1857 Meissner3 put forth the view that the sweat glands were the producers of fat, going farther than Krause and Kölliker in attributing to them the function of fat formation exclusively.

Next, in 1861, Henle4 admitted that Meissner's arguments in proof of the formation of fat in the sweat glands were convincing but adopted a more moderate view and concluded that the sweat glands as