A History of Medicine, vol. II: Early Greek, Hindu, and Persian Medicine by Henry F. Sigerist, London, Oxford University Press, 1961, pp. 333, 75s

A. P. Cawadias
1963 Medical history  
Book Reviews mentioned, others (lacteals) each of which ends at a portion of spongy flesh (mesenteric lymph gland) specially associated with itself. ' Knowing that Galen remains our richest source of information about the activities ofsuch great predecessors as Erasistratus one looks for reference to this great anatomist here; and one finds a pearl. Describing the descending aorta Galen notes: I say then look immediately at that small twig which is single, unpaired, and lies beneath the lung at
more » ... beneath the lung at the place where it (the aorta) joins the vertebral column. This is the twig ofwhich some of the followers of Erasistratus believe that offshoots from it distribute themselves in the lungs. But in the dissection of the lung we find no other fourth class of vessel except those which all anatomists have recorded, I mean the class of 'rough arteries' (bronchi) that is to say the subdivisions of the trachea, the class of 'smooth arteries' that is to say the subdivisions of the 'venous artery' (pulmonary vein) which goes from the heart to the lung, and the class of the 'veins' (branches of the pulmonary artery).
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