THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: Hormones in the Living World by Dr. Alvin & Virginia B. Silverstein

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: Hormones in the Living World

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A competent treatment of the functions and malfunctions of the pancreas, thyroid, pituitary and other glands, the growth and sex hormones and the glands that secrete them, and some examples of hormones in animal and even plant life. Edith Lucie Weart's The Story of Your Glands (1963) covers much the same ground, but the Silversteins add interest with their scattered references to recent findings, reporting not only the information but the experiments by which the information was obtained. Thus we observe hens changed to roosters and vice versa by the application of testosterone or estrogens, and discover the existence of a death-signaling pheromone as a community of ants tries to bury an obviously live-and-kicking comrade that has been sprinkled with the secretion. The pictures are neither as detailed nor as clarifying as they might be, but the prose is clear and the research up-to-date and the subject has not yet been done to death.

Pub Date: July 30th, 1971
Publisher: Prentice-Hall