By D. Lynn Loriaux
Establishing endocrinology as a different clinical area of expertise was once no effortless job. This enticing quantity chronicles the adventure during the tales of the boys –and occasional women—who formed the strong point during the ages.
In 108 short chapters, A Biographical background of Endocrinology illuminates the growth of endocrinology from Hippocrates to the fashionable day. the writer highlights vital leaders and their contributions to the sector, together with those early pioneers:
- Kos and Alexandria, and the 1st human anatomy
- Bartolomeo Eustachi and the adrenal gland
- Richard decrease 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 all of the watershed moments within the background of the occupation, the booklet identifies key figures whose contributions stay suitable this present day. Their interesting tales of experiments and stories, advocacy and adversity, and exploring unknown territory will encourage the subsequent new release of endocrinologists and fulfill each clinician who ever questioned "how did we get here?"
This entire but concise biographical background of endocrinology will gain not just working towards and potential endocrinologists, but additionally different scientific experts and scientific historians.
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The entryway opened into a large courtyard surrounded by a stone wall with an interior loggia, under which most of the primary care such as cuts, abrasions, fractures, and the self‐limited diseases of children were managed. ” The patient ascended to the second level, usually with a domestic animal in tow: sheep, pig, goat, or cow. The animal would be sacrificed by exsanguination, and the entrails spread out on the marble alter. The nature of the ailment would be read in the peristalsis of the large and small bowels, accompanied by an analysis of the concurrent flight of nearby birds, the winds, gathering storms, etc.
It might be true, but what he drew from the works of the Alexandrians was of the first order, and dominated anatomical thinking for 2000 years. We think of the “Dark Ages” as beginning with the Barbarian invasions of Rome. E. Kos provided the Asclepion and the curiosity to recognize diseases as entities, syndromes with a natural history. Alexandria provided the setting in which the 10 A Biographical History of Endocrinology anatomy and physiology of the human body could be studied. Galen did what he could with both, 400 years later, but by then, Alexandria had been razed at least five times, the library burned and scattered and the glory that was Kos and Alexandria, as far as medicine is concerned, was gone forever.
The contractions forwards and backwards have their appellation from the tension and the place; for that backwards we call Opisthotonos; and that 26 A Biographical History of Endocrinology variety we call Emprosthotonos in which the patient is bent forwards by the anterior nerves. For the Greek word τόνος is applied both to a nerve, and to signify tension. The causes of these complaints are many; for some are apt to supervene on the wound of a membrane, or of muscles, or of punctured nerves, when, for the most part, the patients die.