The lymphatic system: A historical perspective

Marios Loukas, Sharath S. Bellary, Michael Kuklinski, Julie Ferrauiola, Abha Yadav, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, Kitt Shaffer, R. Shane Tubbs

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The study of the lymphatic system has a lengthy history, with many notable medical minds making important contributions. We now appreciate that this system is an essential component of the immune system, as well as vital to the maintenance of fluid homeostasis within the body. A good knowledge of the lymphatic system is clinically important concerning cancer, edema, surgery, and the immune response. This article reviews the history of the evolution and discovery of the lymphatic system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-816
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • anatomy
  • dissection
  • history
  • lymphatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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