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Master of Science

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Clinical and experimental data reported in recent years have indicated that there is a relationship between the activity of the adrenal cortex and the hematologic picture of an individual. Recent studies by Crafts et al.(1941) clearly point out that there is a relationship between the endocrine system and the cellular elements of the blood. Craft noted the following in adrenalectomized animals; increase in reticulocytes, decrease hemoglobin percentage, increase of the color index, but a normal white cell count.

The abnormalities that arise in an individual's hemogram have been noted in many pathological conditions of the endocrine system as well as in experimental analyses involving the endocrines. White et al. (1944) proved that injection of ACTH decreased the lymphocyte count in an individual but increased the number of polymorphonuclear leucocytes. These investigators proved that lymphopenia is a specific response to ACTH because it does not occur in the adrenalectomized animals treated with ACTH. Therefore, these experiments by White and other related ones clearly point out that ACTH plays an important role in the normal function of the adrenal gland.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Charles H. Nicholas

Committee Member

Charles H. Nicholas


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

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