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April 29, 1933

Papers Relating to the Pituitary Body, Hypothalamus and Parasympathetic Nervous System.

JAMA. 1933;100(17):1364. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740170062038

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The publisher has incorporated four phases of Cushing's work in a beautifully printed and illustrated volume. Each section has formed the basis of an honorary lecture either at home or abroad and, being closely related, they form together a coherent volume. The first section deals with neurohypophyseal mechanisms from a clinical standpoint using the effects of hypophyseal tumors for the most part as evidence. Cushing believes that the hypophysis and diencephalon form a unit that functions as a whole. The next section concerns posterior pituitary hormone and the parasympathetic nervous system. Herein are reprinted the brilliant experiments concerned with observations on the effects of intraventricular injections of various drugs in conscious human beings. Cushing believes that a parasympathetic center resides in the diencephalon activated by posterior lobe secretion but that this secretion is itself under control by a neural mechanism situated in the tuber cinereum. The third section deals with

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