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May 26, 1945

The Male Hormone

JAMA. 1945;128(4):316-317. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860210072029

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According to the flyleaf, this book is supposed to tell the story of the discovery of the male hormone. Actually the reader will find comparatively little concerning the discovery of any hormone. If the reader is credulous, he will turn to hormones instead of vitamins to stimulate his sexual activities, relieve fatigue and make him a business tycoon.

The book is written in the inimitable style peculiar to the author. Sensitive readers may object to reference to the possibility that if Ponce de Leon in a search for the elixir of youth "had only had a few shots of testosterone" he would have "proceeded to make all the Indian maidens of the land of the blue Caribbean." Others will merely think it comical for an allegedly scientific work. It offers enthusiasm but not the caution necessary for such potent agents as hormones. Once again de Kruif relieves himself of his

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