edited by Joseph Meites, Bernard T. Donovan, and Samuel M. McCann, 327 pp, with illus, $22.50, New York, Plenum Press, 1975.
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Pioneers in Neuroendocrinology, the first volume of a series, Perspectives in Neuroendocrine Research, is, in many ways, a unique historical book, for it gives the personal account of senior investigators still living. The editors asked leading investigators, whose careers lay mostly behind them, to write essays on the development of their own work in the field of neuroendocrinology. The various authors were requested to write a personal account of the steps taken and of the motivation and drive that led them to pursue their interests in the relationship between the brain and the endocrine system.
The work consists of some of the early work on neurosecretion, neurotransmitters, releasing factors, the locus and control of antidiuretic hormone and oxytocin secretion, neural control of the anterior pituitary, the role of the portal vessels, the effects of lesions and electrical stimulation on discrete brain areas, electrophysiological recordings and correlates, feedback mechanisms, reproductive neuroendocrinology,
McHenry LC. Pioneers in Neuroendocrinology. JAMA. 1976;235(25):2771-2772. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260510059039