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Although relatively uncommon, diseases of the adrenal cortex possess compelling clinical interest for most physicians. These diseases consist for the most part of exaggerations of the physiological effects of adrenal hormones. One gazes (as in a fun-house mirror) at the bizarre or dramatic picture of full-blown Cushing's Syndrome and can infer, despite the distortions, the minute-to-minute, ubiquitous functions of the steroid hormones in normal individuals. Also, enough is now known of steroid action at the tissue and even cellular level to allow a satisfying understanding of pathophysiology in adrenal disease, to an extent greater than is possible in many of
Chemistry and Treatment of Adrenocortical Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;61:378. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-61-2-378_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(2):378.
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