By Dr William C. Aird
The endothelium, the phone layer that types the internal lining of blood vessels, is a spatially dispensed process that extends to all reaches of the human physique. at the present time, scientific and uncomplicated learn demonstrates that the endothelium performs an important position in mediating homeostasis and is eager about nearly each disorder, both as a major determinant of pathophysiology or as a sufferer of collateral harm. certainly, the endothelium has striking, notwithstanding principally untapped, diagnostic and healing strength. This quantity endeavors to bridge the bench-to-bedside hole in endothelial biomedicine, with the target of advancing learn and improvement and bettering human future health. The e-book is the 1st to systematically combine wisdom concerning the endothelium from various organ-specific disciplines, together with neurology, pulmonary, cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, infectious sickness, hematology-oncology, nephrology, and dermatology. in addition, it truly is specific in its interdisciplinary technique, drawing on services from such different fields as evolutionary biology, comparative biology, molecular and mobile biology, mathematical modeling and complexity thought, translational study, and scientific drugs.
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The mechanistic conceptions of the body also resonated with the emergence and increasing popularity and importance of sophisticated mechanical contraptions, such as clocks or pumps (7). Indeed, it can be argued that the prevailing images and metaphors of the organism during the seventeenth and eighteenth century were all derived from the technologies of these times, which provided both the instruments for studying biological phenomena as well as the interpretative framework for its understanding.
Of course, from our twenty-first century perspective of accumulated knowledge, he was wrong. However, such a clear-cut judgment ignores the context of the times, Galen’s reasoning, and his potentially positive contributions. As surgeon and historian Sherwin B. Nuland explains, what really matters to historical judgment is whether Galen should have known better (1). Given that he did not dissect humans, but relied on animal studies alone, we can excuse some of his descriptions, which deviate from what he would have seen had he been able to look as carefully at humans as we can today.
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Endothelial Biomedicine by Dr William C. Aird