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The Endocrine Lung in Health & Disease.

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By Becker Kenneth L., Gazdar Adi F.. . 639 pages. W.B. Saunders Company; , Philadelphia: , 1984.. $85.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(1):149. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-1-149_1
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Internists are aware of the fascinating spectrum of endocrinologic and neurologic manifestations associated with some lung neoplasms, particularly bronchial carcinoid and small cell carcinoma. Intensive study of these diseases, both in the clinic and laboratory, has led to the recognition that the lung functions as an endocrine organ, with a rich number of chemical messengers produced by cells within the lung and acting on other cells within the lung.

The identification, localization, and functional consequences of the biogenic amines and peptides that have been found in the gut-derived tissues, including the lung as well as the brain, have led to


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