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Anyone who believes that lymphocytes have a role beyond that of immunity, that lymph nodes have functions other than screening out foreign material, and that chyle of the lymphatics has importance above and beyond that of an excretory function for metabolic materials not absorbed by the arteriovenous circulatory system is defined by this text as a "lymphomaniac"; for him this monograph is required reading. It develops a not generally supported theory that lymphoid organs, lymphocytes, and lymph nodes have a trophic (feeding) function for all body cells. Phagocytosis and antibody production are listed as only a portion of the lymphocyte
The Trophic Function of Lymphoid Elements.. Ann Intern Med. ;79:147. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-1-147_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(1):147.
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