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July 1975

The Exocrine Glands

Arch Surg. 1975;110(7):847. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360130079020

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To the Editor.—I should like to criticize the use of the term exocrine in the article by Drs. Anderson and Perry (Arch Surg 110:69, 1975).

The apocrine glands are just as much exocrine glands as are the eccrine glands: both secrete externally by a duct. The opposite of exocrine is not apocrine but endocrine, and the opposite or counterpart of apocrine is not exocrine but eccrine.

The authors have, however, a legitimate complaint against the manuscript editors who engineered the change.

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