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Physiopathology of the Reticulo-Endothelial System.

N. S. Halmi, M.D.
AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):161-162. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130175027.
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An exclusive group of scientists from several countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States) participated in this symposium, which was held in the inspiring atmosphere of an eighteenth-century mansion at Gif-sur-Yvette, undoubtedly in the twentieth century, although this is not indicated in the book. The interests of the participants centered around the reticuloendothelial system (RES), but their approaches ranged from the physicochemical to the clinical. A colorful French introduction by P. Vallery-Radot is followed by the texts of formal papers and by edited discussions. The papers deal with a wide variety of topics: the morphology of the histiocyte; determination of shape and size of protein particles; effects of cortisone, vitamin B12, and choline on the RES; quantitative studies of phagocytosis by the RES; the role of the RES in the metabolism of exogenous cholesterol and of iron; the function of RES in infections, in the defense


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