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October 1967

Reaction of Skin to Autotransplantation

Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(4):481-482. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610040131029

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Leafing through this volume, one cannot but reflect on the high standards of doctoral theses which filter to us from the Scandinavian countries. The various studies reported in this work were performed in the laboratories of Dr. Asboe-Hansen, strengthening the impression that centers of excellence tend to crystallize around individual investigators.

The author has developed a television microscope which enabled him to observe the progressive restoration of function of the microcirculation of skin transplants from the reappearance of vasomotion on the fifth day and the reestablishment of full blood flow on the seventh day to the hyperemic stage on the 11th to 20th day. Concomitant biochemical studies revealed striking parallelism between these charges and the acid mucopolysaccharide content of the grafts, ie, an initial depression, a phase of high content in which their concentration exceeded that of normal skin, and lastly a return to normalcy. Additional investigations were performed on

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