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The Thymus from Antiquity to the Present Day: the History of a Mysterious Gland

  • Corrado Lavini

Abstract

The thymus is a lymphatic organ situated in the thorax, known since the 1st century AD. The officinal plant of the same name had been known for several centuries, since the time of the ancient Egyptians who, as it seems, appreciated its therapeutical properties. The name of the gland seems to come from the thyme plant, possibly due to the resemblance — fairly vague, to tell the truth — of the lobes of the gland to the plant leaves (Fig. 1.1).

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Thymus Gland Severe Combine Immunodeficiency Disease Microscopic Anatomy Lymphatic Organ Malignant Thymoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corrado Lavini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General Surgery and Surgical Specialities Division of Thoracic SurgeryUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia General HospitalModenaItaly

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