April 1956

International Symposium, The Hypophyseal Growth Hormone: Nature and Actions.

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Edited by Richmond W. Smith, Oliver H. Gaebler, and C. N. H. Long. Price, $12. Pp. 576, with numerous illustrations. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42d St., New York 36, 1955.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(4):413-414. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020415018

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This volume is a verbatim report of the proceedings of an international symposium attended by forty-five experts actively engaged in the investigation of the hypophyseal growth hormone (HGH). Groups of papers on various phases of the subject are presented and discussed.

Certain aspects of the bioassay and chemistry of HGH are covered. There is a comparative study of the hormone secreted by several species of animals. Effects of the hormone upon inflammation and upon the morphology and physiology of digestive glands, bones and joints, tissue cultures, and renal function are described. Evidence is presented that HGH can function in the presence of nutritional deficiencies. Various aspects of the metabolic effects of the hormone are discussed, with a great deal of attention being paid to the relationship between HGH and glucose metabolism.

In almost all of the material covered, animal studies are the source of information. However, the last two papers

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