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November 24, 1956

Ciba Foundation Colloquia on Endocrinology. Volume 9: Internal Secretions of the Pancreas

JAMA. 1956;162(13):1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970300068037

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Abstract

The present colloquium is a follow-up of a previous one dealing with carbohydrate metabolism that was held by the Ciba Foundation in 1952. A group of American and European workers reviewed their recent experimental studies in this field. Their reports as well as the discussions that followed each report summarize most of the research that is now being conducted. The subjects treated are the effects of agents that specifically alter the alpha cells of the pancreas, glucagon, the chemical structure and configuration of insulin, the permeability of cells to glucose and other sugars, the hepatic actions of insulin, and the interactions of pituitary growth hormone and insulin in the organism. Since the book deals primarily with animal experiments, it will be of primary interest to the research worker rather than to the clinician. The demonstration, however, that destruction of the islet tissue affects carbohydrate metabolism quite differently than does pancreatectomy

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