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May 5, 1917


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Vineland, N. J.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(18):1340-1341. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270050042025

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To the Editor:  —In the Medical Record, May 10, 1913, in collaboration with Dr. Walter S. Cornell, I reported the results of an experiment with pineal gland extract conducted under the direction of Drs. C. L. Dana and William N. Berkeley of New York. Twenty-five children were chosen to whom the gland should be given. Each child was then paired with a control who was not given treatment but was weighed, measured and examined, as were the subjects.Our report made at the end of two months' treatment states that (p. 42) "while the improvement was not great and indeed not great enough to be of itself very significant, it was nevertheless felt that it was sufficient to continue the experiment." The gland was therefore administered for another two months. Our conclusion at the end of our experiment, as stated on page 48 was: "On the whole, one cannot but

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