A biographical history of endocrinology by D. Lynn Loriaux

By D. Lynn Loriaux

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

In 108 short chapters, A Biographical historical past of Endocrinology illuminates the growth 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 background of the career, the publication identifies key figures whose contributions stay appropriate at the present time. Their interesting tales of experiments and reviews, advocacy and adversity, and exploring unknown territory will encourage the subsequent iteration of endocrinologists and fulfill each clinician who ever puzzled "how did we get here?"

This entire but concise biographical background of endocrinology will profit not just practising and potential endocrinologists, but additionally different scientific experts and clinical historians.

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Population control was a problem that received considerable attention by Greek physicians and writers. Plato and Aristotle both argued in favor of “zero” population growth. It was Soranus who first taught specific techniques of contraception, some of which were based on an inadequate understanding of the menstrual cycle. People should abstain from coitus at the times we have indicated as especially dangerous, that is, the time directly before and after menstruation. Further, the woman ought in the moment during coitus when the man ejaculates his sperm, to hold her breath, draw her body back a little 22 A Biographical History of Endocrinology so that the semen cannot penetrate into the os uterus, then immediately get up and sit down with bent knees, and in this position, provoke sneezes.

Thus, Robert Louis Stevenson could write in the preface to Underwoods, 2400 years later: There are men and classes of men that stand above the common herd: the soldier, sailor and shepherd not infrequently; the artist rarely; rarer still, the clergyman; the physician almost as a rule. He is the flower (such as it is) of our civilization; and when that age of man is done with, and only to be marvelled at in history, he will be thought to have shared as little as any in the defects of the period, and most notably exhibited the virtues of the race.

He was one of the first physicians who refused to accept blindly the beliefs held by his predecessors. His text was in Greek and it continued to be an important resource for 1500 years, at which time it was lost. It was rediscovered in 1838 and translated into Latin, German, French, and English, continuing to influence the practice of medicine until the early twentieth century. ” He knew that the uterus was not essential to life, and he observed that amenorrhea was linked to lactation. He further observed that amenorrhea could occur in the young, the aged, the pregnant, in singers, and in those who take too much exercise.

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