The scientific discipline of endocrinology originates from a belief in “organ magic.”

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Consumption of human or animal organs was thought to increase powers or cure ailments. For example, warriors thought that eating the hearts of their enemies increased their courage. As early as 1400 BC, Hindus prescribed testicular tissue for male impotence.

The birth of modern endocrinology was stimulated by Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard, a controversial and eccentric…

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James Knight

James Knight

Old unreformed unf**kwithable professor with a rock & roll soul, still crazy after all these years and still running against the wind.