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August 3, 1918

PITUITARY DISTURBANCE IN ITS RELATION TO THE PSYCHOSES OF ADOLESCENCE

Author Affiliations

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1918;71(5):330-333. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600310008003
Abstract

One should always be cautious in exploring a more or less new field, but not so excessively prudent that the gathering of material and the discovery of truths become impossible.

Quickly to orient ourselves, we must deal briefly with the pituitary gland and some of its disorders, then with adolescence in general and some of its mental disturbances, and after this consider the bearing the one may have on the other.

Function.  —Each of the three parts of the pituitary body has been endowed by investigators with separate functions. Among the functions of the anterior lobe are body growth and the development of secondary sex characteristics. It may also have to do with the regulation of the menstrual period in the female. Two of the chief functions of the posterior lobe are the control of carbohydrate metabolism and an influence on blood pressure stability. It seems also to play a

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