September 8, 1928

The Glands Regulating Personality. A Study of the Glands of Internal Secretion in Relation to the Types of Human Nature.

JAMA. 1928;91(10):748. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700100060033

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This is an entertaining if not instructive volume. The second edition retains all of the vagaries of the first, with some additions. The central theme of the book is that the life of every individual in every stage is "dominated" by his glands of internal secretion. One of these glands possesses the controlling influence of the others in the physiology of the individual and so becomes the central gland of his life or "personality." Thus we have "thyroid centered," "pituitary centered," "adrenal centered," and "gonad centered" individuals. This "gland centering" may be due either to hyperactivity or to hypo-activity of the particular gland in question.

After laying down these principles, Dr. Berman attempts to verify them on the basis of contemporary medicine, on the basis of the daily press, and on the basis of ancient history. The author tells us that he has read or consulted more than 20,000 books,

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