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October 1958


AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(4):528-529. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340100128026

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"Psychoendocrinology" and "neuroendocrinology" are recently coined words describing the functional and structural interrelationships of the central nervous system and the endocrine glands. A Symposium on Psycho-Endocrinology was held at the Second International Congress for Psychiatry, and in the 1957, present volume is a collection of the papers presented at that symposium.

The most interesting paper is the first, which provides a theoretical framework, not only for the subsequent papers but for the field as a whole. In this introduction, Max Reiss characterizes and discusses three elements concerned in the development of mental diseases: personality pattern, emergency situation, and endocrine equilibrium. Since there is evidence that the anterior pituitary is at least partly controlled by the hypothalamus, which is connected to other areas of the brain, and since the target-gland hormones, in turn, can act on the brain, endocrine disturbances, if present in a patient undergoing psychotherapy, should be diagnosed adequately

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