Adventures in Endocrinology

9780217438421: Adventures in Endocrinology

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... THE "SUPPOSITITIOUS PITUITARY INFLUENCE" "All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance."--Gibbon. IN this chapter an exceedingly pleasant undertaking devolves on me in the matter of telling the reader a thing or two about Dr. Robert T. Frank's interesting studies in regard to the ovary and the internal secretion of the sex organs. Let me emphasize here that Dr. Frank is considered;by many to be an authority on the subject. Considerable original research work characterizes Dr. Frank's papers and the clinical and experimental applications of organotherapy are both interesting and novel. Witness thereof is his paper on "The Ovary and the Endocrinologist" in The Journal of the American Medical Association of January 21, 1922, p. 181. Dr. Frank's article starts bravely in the following manner: "The ovary exerts a powerful influence on both the primary development of the female sex organs and their function during sexual life. Whether other glands of internal secretion affect the sexual sphere, except secondarily, that is, by intermediation of the ovaries, is more than doubtful. For example, the claims of Goetsch that anterior lobe pituitary extract stimulates the growth of the sex organs was disproved by me in 1919 and more recently again by Sisson and Broyles. Yet this supposititious pituitary influence continues to crop out in the literature and in the 'therapeutic advertising pamphlets with which the medical profession is bombarded." It is open to considerable doubt whether this "disproving" of the work of Goetsch, and a score of. other investigators, by the way, will be accepted by the majority of the profession, even though, according to Frank, his work published in 1919, apparently has been supported later by that of Sisson and Broyles workin...

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