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April 1975

The Spleen,

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(4):625. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330040137029

The opening chapters of this book are as follows: a 50-page discussion of splenic anatomy, a 70-page section devoted to anatomic pathology, and a 20-page discussion of splenic immunology. Except for its immune function, no other function of the spleen is considered in a systematic manner. The chapter on anatomy is a presentation of many facts about fish, frogs, bears, dogs, cats, mice, and men, dealing one by one with cells, sinusoids, and trabeculae, piling bit upon bit of fact and opinion without much distinction between important and unimportant and without creating an easily discernible pathway. The long chapter on pathology of the spleen is an intermingling of investigative data and standard descriptions of disease, which is sometimes unbalanced. For example, three pages are devoted to tuberculosis of the spleen, whereas only ten lines comprise the matter on sickle cell anemia, and no mention is made of the sickle cell

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