The Capillary Circulation

  • Alfred P. Fishman
  • Dickinson W. Richards


The modern understanding of the capillary circulation represents a fusion of information about structure and function accumulated over the last three hundredyears. The clear definition of structure depended upon the development of increasingly powerful light microscopes and, more recently, upon the great resolving capacity of the electron microscope; the comprehension of function involved the knowledge and techniques of physiology, physics, chemistry, and pathology. Therefore, it is not surprising that the growth of ideas about the capillary circulation has been uneven; often progress was completely arrested because essential information from other fields was not yet available.


Osmotic Pressure Capillary Pressure Capillary Wall Capillary Vessel Capillary Blood Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred P. Fishman
    • 1
  • Dickinson W. Richards
    • 1
  1. 1.Columbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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