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January 1, 1955

Surgery of the Adrenal Glands

JAMA. 1955;157(1):97. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950180099036

Great advances have been made in the study of normal and abnormal adrenal glands in the last decade. Surgery of the human adrenals, which earlier was confined to the removal of neoplasms of the cortex and medulla, has been extended to total adrenalectomy to rid the organism of harmful functional activities in patients with Cushing's syndrome and certain metastatic cancers. Among the most important developments in adrenal surgery is the discovery of how to maintain life after adrenalectomy. This timely monograph is unable to cover adequately the mass of clinical and laboratory investigations related to these advances. The authors, however, have been able to present in an abbreviated form certain current concepts and developments of disease conditions caused by adrenal hyperfunction and neoplasm or those mediated through normal activity of these glands that can be cured or alleviated by surgical therapy. After a brief discussion of the embryology, anatomy, and

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