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April 1933

Lectures on Endocrinology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1933;51(4):639. doi:10.1001/archinte.1933.00150230154008

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In a rambling account, woefully antiquated, the author considers rather unscientifically the following glands; thymus, thyroid, pineal, parathyroid, suprarenal and pituitary glands and the gonads. For example: "Theoretically, the thymus secretes a substance which has vagotonic properties . . .; ammonium carbonate being converted finally into urea by parathyroid action." In the short section on hyperparathyroidism appears a final paragraph in which the author refers to the administration of parathyroid extracts, whereas in the first paragraph such administration is obviously contraindicated, since osteitis fibrosa cystica is shown to be due to a hypersecretion of the parathyroid glands. Such important topics as homeostasis and the tuberal syndrome are not even mentioned. Pitressin and pitocin are referred to as vasopressin and oxytocin—names long ago discarded. The recent interesting work on hebin is not even referred to; neither did the reviewer find a discussion of theelol, theelin, progestin or the purified preparations of the male sex

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