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May 1973

The Lymphatics: Diseases, Lymphography and Surgery.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(5):744. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350170104037

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"If you have the good fortune to command a large clinic, remember that one of your chief duties is the tabulation and analysis of carefully recorded experiences." Professor Kinmonth very appropriately quotes these words of Osier in the "Introduction" to his book. When the mantle of duty falls on the shoulders of a man of talent, foresight, and infinite persistence, one sees spectacular results. This volume is a culmination of 25 years of special interest in the third, and too often neglected, member of the triad of peripheral vessels. Kinmonth's breakthrough came early when, seeing the urgent need for a new method of studying the lymphatics, he developed modern lymphography. He saw that the National Health Service, which took the poundsign out of case referrals, would permit the concentration of numbers of patients with a relatively rare group of diseases in the hands of a few. He thus writes

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