Medicine: Life Without Adrenals

Before the days of miracle drugs a man could not have lived more than a few weeks after surgical removal of his adrenals (the endocrine glands which lie astride the kidneys). Last week the amphitheater at Boston's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital was'crowded with standees as Dr. George W. Thorn described cases in which patients have lived as long as nine months after removal of the adrenals and are still going strong.

In every case, the reason for the operation was arterial damage with high blood pressure of so malignant a type that the patients faced...