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August 1939

The Physiology and Pharmacology of the Pituitary Body. Volume II.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(2):447-448. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990080223022

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In 1936 the first volume of this work reviewed the immense accumulation of literature on the functions of the pituitary gland. The bibliography of some three thousand references has become indispensable to every investigator in this field. Since then the number of publications on the functions and interrelationships of the hypophysis has not decreased. Dr. Van Dyke estimates that about seven hundred and fifty articles appear each year in this field, an amount of literature too large for the individual investigator to examine. Volume II, a critical review of the publications that have appeared between 1935 and 1939, becomes a necessary supplement to the first volume. A bibliography of over fourteen hundred titles follows a survey of recent progress in the investigation of the pituitary gland. The chapters on the relation of the pars glandularis to lactation and metabolism are particularly interesting to the pediatrician. The recent investigations on the

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