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September 1964


Arch Neurol. 1964;11(3):339-340. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460210117020

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The word "neuroendocrinology" has only become familiar to most of us in the past few years. Interest in the hypothalamic control of anterior pituitary function has recently become intense. This subject has been examined closely in many reviews and monographs. It is refreshing, then, to encounter the Scharrers' presentation of the whole field of neuroendocrine integration in an appropriately broad aspect. This short book is a revelation to those of us who tend to think that neuroendocrinology starts and ends in the vertebrate hypothalamus.

The Scharrers point out that neuroendocrinology is an ancient subject. Effects of glands upon behavior were known long before hormones had been defined. As endocrinology climbed toward its present position of relative maturity, however, many of the old concepts attempting to relate neuropsychiatric disorders to endocrine dysfunctions have been abandoned. Instead, sound evidence accumulated demonstrating that the central nervous system is a versatile source of hormones

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