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September 16, 1922


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JAMA. 1922;79(12):934-935. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640120008003

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Numerous case reports and articles dealing with endocrine disorders have recently mentioned the size and shape of the sella turcica as shown roentgenographically with the inference that conclusions might fairly be drawn as to the function of the pituitary through some departure from the normal in the size or shape of the sella. The type of reference to which I refer is one which deals simply with variations in contour, and does not depend for the diagnosis of a pathologic condition on the presence of erosion, or manifest encroachment of the contents of the sella on adjacent structures. It is doubtless natural that students of endocrinology should incline to enthusiasm with regard to this field of medical research, and should hope to obtain from roentgenography of the sella some information relative to the functional capacity of the pituitary, since the only means of obtaining any information in regard to the

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