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January 1935

THE STRUCTURE OF THE SECONDARY NODULE OF THE TONSILA PRELIMINARY REPORT

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(1):53-58. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020060005
Abstract

The secondary nodules of the tonsil, otherwise called germinal centers, are usually arranged in a single layer under the epithelium. The term "germinal center" is a good one if it is granted as proved that the production of new lymphocytes occurs within these structures. I am not concerned here with that problem, however, and for that reason shall use the less committal term "secondary nodule."

The capsule of the tonsil and the fine projections of connective tissue which dip down from the capsule are made up of irregularly arranged collagenous fibers. The remainder of the supporting structure of the tonsil consists of a meshwork of reticular fibers in association with a syncytium of reticular cells. The purpose of this report is to describe findings relative to the arrangement of these reticular fibers in the immediate vicinity of the nodules, at their periphery and within their substance.

The material used consisted

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