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This symposium is a collection of discussions by 24 participants in a conference on hypophysectomy and its effects, which was held at the Sloan-Kettering Institute in 1956. These participants included surgeons and internists from Memorial Center, New York, the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and other institutions where hypophysectomies have been performed as a palliative measure in patients with cancer or severe diabetes. Observations on such patients have yielded much information not only regarding the effects of this procedure on the growth of human neoplasms and on the diabetic process but also on the physiological effects of hypophysectomy. Included also is a chapter on radiation hypophysectomy. The discussions by the various participants are included, and this detracts from the volume's value as a textbook, but all who are interested in this experimental procedure should gain much from a perusal of the experiences of those who have pioneered in
Hypophysectomy. JAMA. 1957;165(10):1351–1352. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980280125028
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