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February 16, 1935


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Anatomy, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

JAMA. 1935;104(7):548-553. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760070004008

Note.—  These articles and those inThe Journallast week are part of a series published under the auspices of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry. Other articles will appear in succeeding issues ofThe Journal.—Ed.Although the general physiology of the anterior hypophysis is inseparable from its special physiology, a general discussion of the recent developments of our knowledge of pituitary physiology may be of value. Experimental and other work is increasingly showing the important position which this organ occupies among the endocrine glands. There appear to be but few body functions that it does not influence, either directly or indirectly. Barger has spoken of it as "general headquarters" of the endocrine system, a characterization that aptly expresses its dominant position in this system.Undoubtedly, the large number of contributions that have been published on the anterior hypophysis within the last decade have not simplified