February 1954

Transactions of the Fourth Conference on the Adrenal Cortex, Nov. 12-14, 1952.

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Edited by Elaine P. Ralli, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 165, with 31 illustrations. Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation, 16 W. 46th St., New York 36, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(2):313-314. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240260149026

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The four major topics taken up in this fourth Macy conference on the adrenal cortex include (1) the permissive action of adrenal cortex hormones, (2) mechanisms through which the adrenal cortex produces qualitatively different effects, (3) existence, nature, and site of production of a mineralocorticoid salt hormone secreted by the adrenal gland, and (4) adrenalectomy in man. With this as with so many of the other conferences one has ready at hand the great benefits of a brisk interchange of ideas by experts in this very complex and rapidly moving field. This has to be balanced against the tendency for dialectics and semantics at times to gain the upper hand so thoroughly that one is lost in the clouds of high echelon speculation. There can be no doubt that in this admirably edited conference report the fine points are in the ascendant. Although in general the construction of sentences and

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