Book ID: CBB736626215

The Gland Illusion: Early Attempts at Rejuvenation through Male Hormone Therapy (2017)


Nanninga, John B. (Author)


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 220 pages
Language: English

Testosterone and estrogen treatments are common today, but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the discovery of sex gland secretions led both physicians and the public to believe they had found the secret to bodily rejuvenation. This led to bizarre human experimentation involving injections of glandular fluid, ingestion of glandular tissues and the transplanting of testes and ovaries. Stranger still, the treatments supposedly worked, with both men and women reporting enhanced vitality. Only later would the truth about these placebo-induced results be brought to light. This book explores the early history and practices of “organotherapy” and how it provided important scientific insights despite its pseudoscientific nature.

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Authors & Contributors
Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel
Roberts, Celia
Wiesenfeldt, Gerhard
Magnus, P. D.
Krementsov, Nikolai L.
Bonnichon, Philippe
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science as Culture
Jahrbuch für Europäische Wissenschaftskultur
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
American Historical Review
Johns Hopkins University Press
Science History Publications
University of California, San Francisco
W. W. Norton & Co.
University of Chicago Press
Experiments and experimentation
Human experimentation
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Ritter, Johann Wilhelm
Longino, Helen
Westman, Axel
Brinkley, John Richard
Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn
Huxley, Aldous
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
18th century
United States
Great Britain
Soviet Union
Johns Hopkins University

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