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May 1946

Endocrine Man: A Study in the Surgery of Sex.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;77(5):596. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00210400121026

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This work represents an attempt to define the role of the neuroendocrine system in a broad prospective by a British surgeon best known to this country for his work on the surgery of the adrenal glands in virilism.

The work is readable. There is no new material presented. However, the presentation of the author's concepts of instincts and of symbiosis is attractive and provocative.

The portion of the book most open to criticism contains the author's presentation of his favorite subject, the adrenogenital syndrome. He sponsors unilateral adrenalectomy for adrenal hyperplasia. He implies consistently excellent results. This hazardous procedure has few if any supporters in this country.

This book will be of more interest to biologists and those with special interests in endocrinology than to practitioners or medical students.

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