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A CASE OF INFANTILISM DUE TO HYPOPITUITARISM

A CASE OF INFANTILISM DUE TO HYPOPITUITARISM For centuries the pituitary gland has been one of the most mysterious structures of the humanbody; some have considered it the seat of the soul, others have looked on it as a rudimentary organ, while most physiologists have confessed total ignorance as to its functions in the human economy. The discovery in 1886 by Pierre Marie of the association of changes in the structure of this gland with acromegaly has stimulated further and detailed studies of the physiology of the epiphysis, and it was found that it is endowed with a number of vital functions, such as regulation of blood pressure, contraction of smooth muscle, particularly the uterus; the sexual functions, and the growth of connective tissue and of the skeleton. Moreover, it was found that the pituitary has a great influence on the mentality of its possessor. Among the pioneers in the study of the physiology of the pituitary http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

A CASE OF INFANTILISM DUE TO HYPOPITUITARISM

American journal of diseases of children , Volume XII (6) – Dec 1, 1916

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1916 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1916.04110180059004
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Abstract

For centuries the pituitary gland has been one of the most mysterious structures of the humanbody; some have considered it the seat of the soul, others have looked on it as a rudimentary organ, while most physiologists have confessed total ignorance as to its functions in the human economy. The discovery in 1886 by Pierre Marie of the association of changes in the structure of this gland with acromegaly has stimulated further and detailed studies of the physiology of the epiphysis, and it was found that it is endowed with a number of vital functions, such as regulation of blood pressure, contraction of smooth muscle, particularly the uterus; the sexual functions, and the growth of connective tissue and of the skeleton. Moreover, it was found that the pituitary has a great influence on the mentality of its possessor. Among the pioneers in the study of the physiology of the pituitary

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1916

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