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January 27, 1940

The Physiology and Pharmacology of the Pituitary Body. Volume II

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By H. B. Van Dyke, Head of the Division of Pharmacology, Squibb Institute for Medical Research, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 402, with 28 illustrations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(4):349. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810040059030

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The first volume of this admirable monograph covered the literature to the middle of 1935; the second volume discusses advances reported to the middle of 1938, listing 1,418 additional papers published in these three years. The author has succeeded in weaving these together to a remarkable degree, so that the present volume is by no means a collection of disjointed addenda to the first but is a connected and readable account of pituitary physiology; and yet overlapping and repetition have been reduced to a minimum. Much of the literature cited receives only a bare mention, and the author is frequently content to quote apparently contradictory conclusions without attempting to reconcile them or to display a preference; but elsewhere he does not shrink from sharp criticism, and the most significant papers are discussed in some detail, often with illustrative tables or figures. The volume includes discussion of the afferent nature of

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