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January 1934

The Tides of Life: The Endocrine Glands in Bodily Adjustment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;31(1):219. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250010231022

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This book contains a well written popularization of generally accepted facts of endocrinology. It is intended to interest the lay reader, and no attempt has been made to present new facts or even to cover the ground thoroughly. Considerable space is devoted to simplified explanations of anatomy and physiology. It is, however, up to date, and most physicians will find it profitable reading for the bird's eye view which it affords of the amazing developments of recent years in the physiology of the ductless glands. In general, a fairly critical point of view is maintained toward the material presented—far more critical than that found in most systems of endocrinology of scientific pretentions. The weakest chapter is doubtless that on the pituitary gland, in which the Laurence-Biedl syndrome is assumed to be of pituitary origin, and the efficacy of the treatment of dwarfism with material from the anterior lobe is implied.