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October 20, 1956

Hormones and the Aging Process: Proceedings of a Conference Held at Arden House, Harriman, New York, 1955

JAMA. 1956;162(8):846. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970250146022

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Abstract

This slim volume consists of 18 essays by outstanding endocrinologists who participated in a symposium on the problem of hormones and the aging process. Unfortunately, the paucity of available information on this subject necessitated the inclusion of much material that only by a stretch of the imagination may be said to pertain to gerontology. Moreover, since the aging process is accompanied by such widespread changes throughout the organism, observed alterations of a given hormonal level with age need not necessarily reflect the effect of age but may represent concomitant changes elsewhere in the organism. Thus, the osteoporosis commonly attributed to failure of ovarian function may, in fact, be a consequence of skeletal changes unrelated to the menopause. Despite these general criticisms, the present volume includes excellent reviews and discussions of many topics of current interest to endocrinologists and gerontologists. The topics discussed include urinary steroid and gonadotropic excretion, plasma steroid

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