JOHN TUCKER, M.D.
Before entering upon a discussion of certain pathological conditions of the body which are produced wholly or in part by abnormal changes in the spleen we must consider certain aspects of the anatomy and physiology of this organ. The large size of both the splenic artery and vein demonstrates that this organ is important as a hematopoietic or hemolytic structure. It has been asserted that at birth about 20 per cent of the portal blood comes from the spleen and in disease even a larger percentage of the hemo-fluid originates in this organ. As to its internal structure, we are
TUCKER J. General Discussion of Diseases of the Spleen1. Ann Intern Med. ;1:17–23. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-1-1-17
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1927;1(1):17-23.
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