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The arterial wall. Edied by Albert I. Lansing. ix + 259 pages illustrated. $7.50. The Williams and Wilkins Company Baltimore 1959

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Chapter 5, by Albert Lansing, deals with
elastic tissue and introduces interesting experimental approaches to the study of that
important property of the arterial wall, its
elasticity, by the use of elastase.
An interesting circumstance in the backOther chapters are concerned with musground of this book is that it is a develop- cle, collagen, mucopolysaccharides, enment of the intense curiosity evidenced by zymes, lipid, and metabolism. The chapa layman, the late Forest D. Dorn, in the ters are well documented, the lists of refnature and problems associated with the erences have titles but only first pages, and
biology of the arterial wall. Regardless of there is an index.
its ultimate value, the publication of this
In his final resum6, Abraham Dury
monograph is a notable event. For the first makes this comment: “Although this structime the arterial wall has been placed in ture has been the object of biologic investithe center of the stage and submitted to gations, it is evident from several chapters
scrutiny.
in this volume that the accumulated inforThe result is rather disappointing be- mation on its finer structure, physiology,
cause it resembles a report of elaborate and biochemical processes is fragmentary,
experiments which gave negative results. indeed.”
Arterial walls have not been the subject of
much basic research and consequently
most of the questions are unanswered. Of THE PLACENTA AND FETAL MEMthe 10 chapters, three are concerned with
BR4NES. Edited by Claude A. Villee.
subjects which seem to be more particux i -I- 404 pages, 87 figures. $10.00. The
larly related to the problem. The chapter
Williams and Wilkins Company, Baltiby Charles A. Woerner, on the vasa
more. 1960.
vasurum makes a specific contribution.
This volume, very fittingly, is dedicated
“It was found that vascularization develops
in arteriosclerotic arteries, but only when to George L. Streeter and George B. Wisthe arteriosclerotic thickening has pro- locki because of their leadership in regressed for some time. Where intimal cap- search concerned with these organs. It
illaries were found, arteriosclerotic thick- was fostered by the Association for the
ening was found also. It appears that the Aid of Crippled Children, with a commitvascularization of the intima and inner tee whose Chairman is Louis M. Hellman.
The first of 4 parts, 125 pages, contains
third of the media, when present, is a result of the developing arteriosclerotic proc- 8 “Reviews.” They are excellent concise
ess. The intima and inner third of the essays on their respective subjects by wellmedia appear to obtain their oxygen and known authorities, carefully documented,
nutrition by diffusion through the intima but the lists of references are without
from the blood in the lumen of the artery.” titles: Comparative Aspects of the HorThe second chapter, on Endothelium by monal Functions by Emmanuel C. AmoBenjamin Zweifach, also is directly appli- roso, M.D.; Histophysical Considerations
cable dealing with a structure which is by Edward W. Dempsey, Ph.D.; The Placharacteristic of blood bessels. Besides cental Circulation by Elizabeth M. Ramcontributing a comprehensive review on sey, M.D.; The Placenta as the Fetal Lung
the vascular endothelium, Doctor Zweifach by Donald H. Barron, Ph.D.; The Transhas presented an interesting attempt to mission of Antibodies from Mother to Fetus
weld the information obtained from stud- by F. W. R. Brambell, D.Sc., and W. A.
ies on the finer structure of endothelial Hemmings; Placental Function and Fetal
Nutrition by Joseph Dancis, M.D.; Biocells with their function.
THE ARTERIAL WALL. Edited by Albert
I. Lansing. ix -I- 259 pages, illustrated.
$7.50. The Williams and Wilkins Company, Baltimore. 1959.
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