Medicine: Quick Relief, Quick Relapse

Outstanding among the substances which regulate body functions are hormones, and one of the most powerful of them is ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone). Secreted by the pituitary gland at the base of the brain, it directs a pair of glands above the kidneys in the production of about 30 other hormones.

Virtually all that has been learned so far about ACTH's awesome power to change the innermost workings of the body was published last week in a single volume, Clinical ACTH (Blakiston; $6.50). Normally it would have taken years for 52 such reports to...

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