Endocrine regulation of reproduction

Riddle, Oscar (July 1929) Endocrine regulation of reproduction. Endocrinology, 13 (4). pp. 311-319.

URL: https://academic.oup.com/endo/article/13/4/311/277...
DOI: 10.1210/endo-13-4-311


It is evident that “endocrine regulation of reproduction” is not the subject of a single investigation. It is presented as a standpoint, or conception, of considerable consequence in viewing facts which fall into several chapters of present and future knowledge of the internal secretions. It is a conception that could have arisen only after a generation of revealing and revolutionizing study. Indeed many investigators will doubtless consider this conception premature or ill-founded even now. But probably all will agree that a point of high importance to the whole subject of internal secretion will have been attained whenever it can be shown that one major section of animal organization is largely divorced from control by nerves, and is found to be fully guarded and efficiently controlled by hormones. If, or when, it is found that the mechanism of reproduction in higher animals and man are under the control of the endocrine system, not of the nerves, we may have obtained the key to the special significance of hormones in animal organization. If it is true that in the various, complicated and rhythmic mechanisms of reproduction in higher animals the nervous system has notably failed to impress itself with its usual degree of control, and if endocrine control has proved especially effective in regulating these same highly rhythmic processes, we shall have extracted a deeper meaning of the endocrine organs in the origin and evolution of higher animals.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: diseases & disorders > endocrine system diseases
CSHL Authors:
Communities: The Carnegie Institution Department of Genetics
Depositing User: Elizabeth Pessala
Date: July 1929
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 18:11
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 18:11
URI: https://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/34109

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