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July 13, 1957

The Adrenal Cortex

JAMA. 1957;164(11):1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980110113022

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The adrenal glands have captured the interest not only of clinicians but of biologists generally, as evidenced by the prolific amount of pertinent literature which has accumulated, particularly in recent years. The present monograph reviews exhaustively and authoritatively the anatomic, physiological, and embryologic aspects of the subject from the standpoint of the zoologist. It is a comprehesive survey of the adrenals, not only in man but also in other vertebrates. Although the work on other species is relatively slight compared to the extensive studies which have been made on human beings, the former is, nevertheless, of fundamental importance in understanding adrenalcortical function in man and its deviations in disease, particularly of the adrenal-gonadal relationships. The first half of the book deals with the gross anatomy, histology, hormones, functions, and abnormalities of the adrenal glands in the Placentalia; the latter half deals with comparative studies on fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, Prototheria

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