By D. Lynn Loriaux

Establishing endocrinology as a special scientific distinctiveness was once no effortless job. This enticing quantity chronicles the adventure throughout the tales of the lads –and occasional women—who formed the forte during the ages.

In 108 short chapters, A Biographical background of Endocrinology illuminates the development of endocrinology from Hippocrates to the fashionable day. the writer highlights vital leaders and their contributions to the sphere, together with those early pioneers:

  • Kos and Alexandria, and the 1st human anatomy
  • Bartolomeo Eustachi and the adrenal gland
  • Richard reduce and the pituitary gland
  • Thomas Addison and adrenal insufficiency
  • Franz Leydig and testosterone secreting cells
  • Wiliam Stewart Halsted and surgical procedure of the thyroid gland
  • John J. Abel and isolation of hormones
  • Hakaru Hashimoto and his disease

Covering the entire watershed moments within the heritage of the occupation, the ebook identifies key figures whose contributions stay appropriate this day. Their interesting tales of experiments and reports, advocacy and adversity, and exploring unknown territory will encourage the following new release of endocrinologists and fulfill each clinician who ever questioned "how did we get here?"

This accomplished but concise biographical historical past of endocrinology will profit not just practising and potential endocrinologists, but in addition different scientific experts and scientific historians.

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E. on a farm on the outskirts of the Greek city of Pergamon [1]. The ruins of this city are near present‐day Bergama in western Turkey. Pergamon was situated atop a 1000‐foot prominence overlooking the confluence of three rivers in a beautiful and fertile valley. One of the most striking cities of antiquity, its architecture and school of sculpture were among the best of the Hellenistic period. ) Galen’s mother was said to be a difficult woman who was “quarrelsome, frequently bit her servants, and fought with her husband worse than Xantippe with Socrates” [2].

Francis Adams, who translated Aretaeus’ works from Latin to English in 1856 for the Sydenham Society, wrote the following in his Editor’s Preface [1]: Nothing definite can be determined respecting the age in which Aretaeus flourished, beyond a probable approximation to the period. When we take into account how eminent both Galen and he were, as professional authorities, it appears singular that neither of them should have made the slightest allusion to the other. For, on the one hand, considering how voluminous the works of Galen are, and the frequency with which he refers to the names of almost every author at all distinguished in the literature of medicine, from Hippocrates down to his own day, one cannot but think it improbable that he would have neglected to mention Aretaeus if the latter had acquired his mature reputation at the time when Galen was engaged with the A Biographical History of Endocrinology, First Edition.

You will detect much that is modern here. First is the emphasis on correct diagnosis through the recognition of syndromes endowing the physician with foresight, prognosis. Second is a complete rupture with dogma‐based concepts of pathophysiology. Disease is caused by an imbalance in the constituent parts of the body, a dyscrasia. These imbalances can be understood by careful study of the sick. Third is the concept of a natural tendency to healing. It is the physician’s role to promote this tendency by removing all possible obstacles to it.

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