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November 1972


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Bethesda, Md

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(5):797. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650050115039

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This report of a conference on prostaglandins held in April, 1971, should be of value to those who are interested in this rapidly burgeoning area of research. The ubiquitous occurrence of the prostaglandins and their high potency means that the biochemist, physiologist, pharmacologist, and clinician will need to be aware of their properties and potentialities. The speakers in this conference address themselves to the chemistry, biosynthesis and metabolism, and mechanism of action of the prostaglandins, and report, in some detail, clinical studies of their actions in women. Most of the scientists and clinicians who contributed to these early years of prostaglandins research were present at these discussions.

Since the papers were not presented for a general audience, it will be difficult for the average reader to do more than peruse quickly the reports that are outside his area of competence. Nevertheless, basic information is available in each, and the bibliographies

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