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Créativité de la Médecine expérimentale : sur quelques questions d'Endocrinologie et de Neuro-endocrinologie

Authors
Journal
Revue d histoire des sciences
0151-4105
Publisher
CAIRN
Publication Date
Volume
44
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/rhs.1991.4172
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

SUMMARY. — The discussions that took place in the years around 1900 on the pathogeny of certain diseases (diabetes insipidus, acromegaly) and on their origins in the pituitary gland evidence many ambiguities in the explanatory hypotheses (hypoactive or hyperactive functioning, nervous origin or endocrinal origin, a mechanism in the pituitary gland or in the hypothalamus). These discussions also reveal the inconsistency of experimental phenomena and clinical observations. In this article I emphasize the difficulties as well as the creativity of experimental medicine.

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