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There is no question but that one of the most significant, if not the most significant, medical discoveries (perhaps more correctly "rediscoveries") of the past decade is that the thymus plays an all-important function in the maturation of the lymphoid system. This organ had long been suspected of playing some role in lymphopoiesis, and the more recent studies of Glick, Wolfe, Metcalf, Auerbach, and others focused attention on this association. However, it was not until the publishing of Miller's experiments in 1961 and the appearance of the independent observations of Martinez and his colleagues shortly thereafter that the lymphopoietic function
The Thymus in Immunobiology.. Ann Intern Med. 1965;62:415–416. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-62-2-415
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(2):415-416.
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