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June 26, 1937

The Physiology and Pharmacology of the Pituitary Body

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2251. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260079033

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At a time when authors and publishers vie with one another in their attempts to get new tomes on the organs of internal secretion before the medical public, the great majority of which are half-baked compilations of uncritical reports, the appearance of a really competent review in any phase of endocrinology is an event of more than passing importance. Dr. Van Dyke has reviewed some 5,000 publications on the hypophysis in the preparation of this book; of these, 3,000 were selected for inclusion in the excellent bibliography, which requires nearly 180 pages. A vast amount of information and pseudo-information has been carefully sifted and the conclusions set down concisely and clearly. Not the least of the author's contributions consists in defining the limits of known fact and in pointing out the many deficiencies in our knowledge of the pituitary gland and its functions. The healthy skepticism that pervades this book

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