This monograph, which comes from behind the "Iron Curtain," was ready for publication in 1942 but could not be published because of the war and economic difficulties. The author gives a detailed report of animal experiments which may be of great interest both from an economic and from a therapeutic aspect. When rabbits, geese or hogs were treated for a period of several months with ammonium hydroxide or ammonium salts, a hypertrophy of the adrenal glands could be produced. This hypertrophy was connected with a hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex. As a consequence of this hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex, the treated animals gained considerable more weight than control animals. This gain in weight was caused by an increase in fat. Thus, for example, treated hogs exhibited an increase in weight exceeding that of the untreated control hogs by approximately 22.9 per cent.
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