Medicine: Concertmaster

At the base of the brain, just above the brain stem, is a small patch of grey matter. Only one three-hundredth part of the total brain, the hypothalamus is concertmaster in the symphony of human behavior. Last week, in Manhattan, noted neurologists and psychiatrists from all sections of the U. S. met at the 20th annual convention of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease. For two days they did nothing but discuss, in the light of latest research, the orchestral effects of the hypothalamus, and pay tribute to the...

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