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muscle spindles, in the section shown by Dr. Howell, it was very difficult to
express an opinion on a section through any one portion of a muscle spindle.
It was well known that a section through the equatorial region of a muscle
spindle differed greatly from a section cut through one of the poles. The
muscle fibres at the equatorial region lost their striation at a certain point;
they contained curious big cells, and the nuclei became central in the muscle
fibres. The space which Dr. Howell described with a homogeneous material
he would have thought was compatible with the normal lymphoid space which
nearly always existed at the equatorial region. He could not say there was
anything definitely abnormal in the section shown by Dr. Howell, but it was
impossible to express a definite opinion without seeing serial sections, and it
was difficult to get such a series of a muscle spindle.
Dr. HOWELL replied that he was glad to hear Dr. Batten's opinion about
the muscle spindles, but in each of the muscle sections examined there were
many spindles which presented the appearances described, and they could
scarcely all have been cut through the equatorial region. He would, however,
try to get serial sections.