History

The Mystery of the Ductless Glands – Strength Magazine – November, 1924

Within the past fifteen or twenty years, one of the greatest and most important advances yet made in medical science has been developed. This advance relates to the function and operation of those mysterious little glands called the ductless or endocrine glands. These glands are the Thyroid, situated at the base of the neck, astride the “Adam’s apple”; the Parathyroids, tiny bodies ranged alongside the thyroid; the Pituitary, the marvelous gland that has much to do with controlling the rate of growth and the method of development of the body ; the Adrenals, little glands that sit on top of the kidneys like the cap on the head of a schoolboy; the Gonads or sex glands, the marvelous function of which in determining character and favoring general nutrition of the body is perhaps quite as important as is the procreative function which inheres in them; the Pineal gland, and also the Thymus, which have much to do with developing the child into adolescence.

Stark CenterUniversity of Texas