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Clinical and Experimental Pheochromocytoma

Franz H. Messerli, MD; Leszek Michalewicz, MD
JAMA. 1997;278(1):78-79. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550010092050.
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The new edition of Clinical and Experimental Pheochromocytoma by Drs Manger and Gifford is a unique compendium and textbook on this topic. The first edition was written entirely by the principal authors, but a number of other investigators have contributed to the second edition. All are experts in their fields and deserve gratitude and respect for sharing their knowledge with the reader.

In 1886 Frankel first described pheochromocytomas that were found at autopsy in both adrenal glands of an 18-year-old girl. In 1922, L'Abbé and his colleagues first made the fascinating observation that paroxysms of high blood pressure occurred in a young woman who was found at autopsy to have an adrenal tumor. Volhard had previously described the clinical syndrome. A pheochromocytoma was successfully removed by Roux the first time in 1926 in Switzerland, and by C. H. Mayo in 1927. Both patients had had paroxysmal episodes of hypertension


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