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Sept 1, 1969

Endocrinology and Human Behaviour

Author Affiliations

Hahnemann Medical College Philadelphia

JAMA. 1969;209(9):1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160220059031

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Dr. Michael asked distinguished clinicians and scientists from here and abroad to correlate their laboratory results with clinical findings to determine if animal observations, especially on primates, can be used to understand the endocrine basis of human behavior. The contributors offer us carefully controlled laboratory animal studies with some 800 salient references which provide a sound biological foundation for evaluating the endocrine-behavioral processes in man. Partner preference, female attractiveness, mating invitation and refusal, sex arousal, grooming, and mounting of the rhesus monkey depend on endocrine changes which remind us of the human condition. Discussions following each paper bring out differences of opinion on controversial subjects and unify the text into a vigorous and informative treatise. High-quality pictures, graphs, and tables serve to visualize and summarize the fascinating concepts about how and why people behave as they do.

A broad interdisciplinary approach raises tantalizing questions about present-day human behavior and relates