International Symposium sponsored by the Henry Ford Hospital and Edel B. Ford Institute for Medical Research. Edited by Richmond W. Smith, O. H. Gaebler, and C. H. Long. Price, $12. Pp. 576, with 270 illustrations. The Blakiston Company (Division of McGraw Hill Book Company, Inc.), 330 W. 42d St., New York 36, 1955.
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The scope of the symposium was encyclopedic, providing essential information for everyone interested in the growth hormone, its character and effects. An important impression of the symposium was that some reputable investigators were still not convinced that a true growth hormone exists. Indeed, the confusion of contradictory opinions was similar to the description given twenty years earlier by Harvey Cushing. In giving the 1921 presidential address before the Association for the Study of Internal Secretions, on "Disorders of the Pituitary Gland, Retrospective and Prophetic," he began, "We find ourselves embarked on the fog-bound and poorly charted seas of endocrinology. It is easy to lose our bearings for we have, most of us, little knowledge of seafaring and only a vague idea of our destination...."
The mariner's log on the anterior pituitary "growth" hormone was brought up to date with this publication. The course of future investigation was shown as Wilhelmi
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