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November 1974

Direct Ultrasonic Irradiation of the Hypophysis,

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Washington, DC

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(5):967. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320230177037

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This monograph is a review of the application of ultrasonic irradiation to pituitary ablation by one of the world's most experienced groups from the University of Padua. In view of the recent publication of the proceedings of the January 1973 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pituitary Tumors, the arrival of this book is especially timely, since ultrasonic irradiation of the pituitary was a topic not covered by the NIH conference. In the book's eight chapters, the authors discuss the various methods of pituitary ablation that are currently in use and give detailed accounts of the physics of ultrasound, the biological effects of ultrasound on the pituitary, and the surgical procedures used for direct ultrasound irradiation of the pituitary. The chapters dealing with the technical aspects of ultrasound are particularly good and show the authors' extensive experience as pioneers in new applications of ultrasonic

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