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May 1930

An Outline of Endocrinology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;45(5):823. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140110179014

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This book is brief and is clear in diction. Everything else that must be said about the volume is unfavorable. In fact, it is essentially an uncritical propaganda of polyglandular therapy by mouth.

The author states in the preface that "Time is steadily vindicating the effectiveness of the oral administration of endocrine products for therapeutic purposes." The general unreliability of the book is emphasized by the following quotations, picked at random from the several chapters. On page 19, the author states that "pituitrin produces a marked diuresis." The contrary is the case, particularly in diabetes insipidus and when diuresis is produced by liquids by mouth. On page 35, the author says that "Adrenalin is very successful in the treatment of osteomalacia"; and on the following page, "In Addison's disease adrenalin is given by mouth every two hours." Further, "Adrenalin ought to be useful in a condition that results from over-action

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