© 1973

The Cartilaginous Skeleton of the Bronchial Tree


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
    Pages 8-9
  3. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  4. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  5. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  6. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  8. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  9. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  10. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  14. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  15. Ferdinand Vanpeperstraete
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  16. Back Matter
    Pages 73-80

About this book


A review of the publications, dealing with the morphology of the cartilages of the tracheo-bronchial tree, shows how scarce they are and how fragmentary the contributions based on research. Isolated parts only of the bronchial tree have been investigated, mostly in single specimens or small series. Anatomical textbooks merely state that the trachea and main bronchi are supported by rings and the more distal branches by irregular, circumferentially placed plates which become smaller towards the periphery, until they disappear in the bronchioli. It is at once obvious that this old-time view is not only superficial, but it leaves one completely ignorant about the site where rings cease and plates begin. No information is available about the arrangement of cartilages around the bifurcations of the main bronchi and contradictory descriptions are given about the cartilaginous architecture of the lobar bronchi. A more searching study reveals that cartilages are hardly mentioned in the huge amount of literature on bronchial anatomy which has accumulated since 1880. It is therefore not exagerated to say that the study of this subject has been grossly neglected.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Comparative AnatomyState UniversityGentBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Cartilaginous Skeleton of the Bronchial Tree
  • Authors F. Vanpeperstraete
  • Series Title Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology / Ergebnisse der Anatomie und Entwicklungsgeschicte / Revues d’anatomie et de morphologie expérimentale
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-06536-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-95252-4
  • Series ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-7065
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 80
  • Number of Illustrations 29 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pneumology/Respiratory System
    Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology
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