Referee report by F. Sibson on 'Physiological Anatomy of the Lungs' by J. N. Heale

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                                beautifully represents the fine distribution 
of the bronchial artery to the bronchial mucous 
membrane, and it will then be seen that that 
membrane is supplied with an exquisite 
and close network of bronchial capillaries.
Referring to this drawing, p 56, the author 
says “that the majority of the vessels consist 
of those which ramify in the fibro-cartilage-
-nous membranes and are seen through 
the transparent mucous membrane; some 
very fine vessels extend however into the tissue 
of the membrane.” If this preparation be 
carefully examined, it will be found 
that the minute reticulation represented 
by the artist is entirely distributed to 
the mucous membrane & that the larger 
vessels only are seen through the mucous 
membrane. This is conclusively and 
beautifully shewn on the preparation 
from which B Plate 4 was taken, in which 
the bronchial arteries are seen to form an 
exquisite & fine yellow net work, entirely 
superficial to the vermilion plexus of the 
pulmonary vein. In the preparation 
the yellow of the bronchial net work  almost 
kills the red of the pulmonary plexus, but in the 
drawing it is the reverse, for the red 
of the 
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James Newton Heale
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Referee report by F. Sibson on 'Physiological Anatomy of the Lungs' by J. N. Heale, 1860. From The Royal Society, RR/4/124



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