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August 4, 1956

Adrenal Function in Infants and Children: A Symposium

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140085029

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This symposium consists of contributions by 18 leading authorities and includes an anatomic discussion, with particular reference to infants and children, of the histophysiology of the adrenal cortex, the hormonal levels in maternal and cord plasma, chromatography, and the response of infants to corticotropin and steroid metabolism. Of particular interest to the practicing pediatrician will be the round-table discussion on the therapy of hyperadrenalcorticolism conducted by Lawson Wilkins. A description of the Barr skin biopsy test for determining the chromosomal sex is appended to the book. The book is well printed and adequately illustrated. As is probably inevitable in such a symposium, emphasis on the contributors' own work results in a somewhat disjointed account of the subject instead of a unified presentation, as in a monograph by a single author. The book will, accordingly, be of primary interest to those actively engaged in research or treatment of congenital adrenal disorders.

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