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THE VERSATILITY OF ADIPOSE TISSUE

H. J. L. M.
Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(1):162-166. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-32-1-162
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Fat is rather firmly associated, in the scientific as well as the lay mind, with a striking absence of activity. As indolence is an accepted attribute of the fat citizen, so tissue fat is regarded as metabolically lazy. But this view is no longer tenable in the light of recent findings. It has become clear that adipose tissue is an organ of many functions. Indeed, the fat is in the metabolic fire.

Adipose tissue is too often regarded merely as a specialized form of connective tissue, although, as long ago as 1870, Toldt stated that the fatty tissue of mammals

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