ORVILLE HORWITZ, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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In the process of reviewing the history of a patient who had occlusion of the superior vena cava, it recurred to me how very differently arteries and veins react to insults that are thrust upon them. They are both necessary to mammalian life, both involved in the business of transporting blood; but there the similarity stops. The small differences in their duties seem to have converted them into entirely different personalities.
On the whole arteries are conservative, uncompromising, unimaginative, thick, muscular, pyknic, valveless, inconsiderate, respected, and for the most part honest and popular; whereas veins are wild, liberal, compromising, imaginative,
HORWITZ O. If Arteries and Veins Were People. Ann Intern Med. ;56:663–664. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-4-663
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(4):663-664.
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