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December 1961

Embolic Dispersoids in Health and Disease

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):970. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120154035

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This concise and well-written book describes a great many odd particles found in the blood of normal people. It is notable on at least three scores. It presents investigations performed by an internist busy in the solo practice of medicine but who became curious about a research problem and found himself forced to carry it out because he could persuade no one else to take it up. Secondly, its author was not supported by grants, an indeed unique circumstance today. And, thirdly, its subject is fascinating: the circulation of different foreign materials in the blood of many healthy and ill people.

Dr. Schreiber has counted in the blood starch granules, cellulose fibers, asbestosis bodies, endothelial plaques, silicates, and lipid globules. These various particles, as large as 100 microns in size, are termed "embolic dispersoids." They may contribute to increased viscosity of the blood and perhaps even to sludging and plugging

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