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November 29, 1924

An Outline of Endocrinology.

JAMA. 1924;83(22):1789-1790. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660220065040

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This little book presents in a readable manner the things that are known—and a few things not known—about the endocrines. It excels in scientific precision and illustrations on histology and pathology of the ductless glands. One notes with regret, therefore, that the author shares with certain other endocrinologists the somewhat uncritical and optimistic attitude toward the therapeutic uses of some of the endocrine products; e. g., pluriglandular mixtures, or the oral administration of pancreas in diabetes. For bodies of the insulin type, the author proposes the interesting term, adapters. "The metabolism, both anabolism and catabolism, of carbohydrate, fats and proteins in the tissue cells is dependent on the presence of a heat stable part of a compound ferment which must be attached to them; or, in the language of immunity, they must be sensitized before the heat-labile ferment of the cell can use them as building stones or break them

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