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Lane Medical Lectures: The Lymphatic System. Its Part in Regulating Composition and Volume of Tissue Fluid

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564 YALE JOURNAL OF BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE on the subject can be numbered in the thousands. Among the latter, the present volume by Van Liere constitutes a most competent and useful handbook. The author begins with a careful and serviceable definition of terms used to describe the condition of oxygen want in the body, a classification of the types of anoxia, and he gives a series of charts by which the degree of anoxia may be expressed. There is a short chapter in which the methods used to pro- duce anoxia in the laboratory are briefly described. The greater part of the volume then deals with the influence of anoxia on the major systems of the body, with other chapters on mountain sickness and acclimatization. The author has succeeded in giving a reasoned account of most of the problems concerning anoxia as produced in the laboratory or by high altitudes, and has shown discrimination in his choice of significant articles for the bibliographies which conclude each chapter. The problems of anoxia as seen in the course of disease, or after various types of poisoning, are not dealt with. The historical aspects of the subject are dealt with incidentally, and somewhat superficially, and a short historical note by way of introduction is rather too meagre to be included. HEBBEL E. HOFF. LANE MEDICAL LECTURES: THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM. ITS PART IN REGULATING COMPOSITION AND VOLUME OF TISSUE FLUID. By Cecil K. Drinker. Stanford University Press, California, 1942. 111 pp. $2.25 (paper, $1.50). This small volume, containing material presented in a series of five lec- tures, is an outstanding contribution to the sequence of addresses given under the auspices of the Lane Medical Lectures since the year 1896. Appearing shortly after a 400-page text-book on the same subject and by the same author, it is unusual to find in these lectures both new material and old material presented from a new approach. Beginning with a chapter on the physiological principles developed in the evolution of the mammalian circulatio

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