How I Did Not Discover Neurosecretion

  • F. S. Stutinsky
Part of the Perspectives in Neuroendocrine Research book series (PNR, volume 1)


It was in 1931, while training at Hôtel-Dieu as a second-year medical student in the department of an endocrinologist, Dr. Paul Saintoin, of the Hôpitaux de Paris, that I had the opportunity of meeting the assistant to Prof. Et. Rabaud, Professor of Experimental Biology at the Sorbonne. Already a Doctor of Science, she sought to perfect her training as a biologist. She had told me that she was doing research work and I occasionally asked her how her work was progressing. I also expressed interest in her director’s numerous publications and the general ideas which he put forward. For reasons unknown to me, but which at the time struck me as flattering, she told Et. Rabaud about these conversations, and one day passed on an invitation for me to come and talk with him. Very flattered, I made an appointment to see him, and went to his office feeling rather nervous. His office, like all the rooms of that historic monument, the Sorbonne, had a very high ceiling and was enormous, furnished with tables draped in green felt and covered with books and papers, and a high wall bookcase. On the other side of the light-colored oak desk I saw a small man in a white coat, with interesting features: a high forehead, a large aquiline nose, his complexion set off by a crown of white hair and a great grey walrus moustache. He was wearing round, metal-rimmed glasses, and the very thick lenses readily betrayed his acute shortsightedness, of which I was later to have ample repeated confirmation.


Nerve Fiber Pituitary Gland Nerve Cell Neural Lobe Secretory Structure 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. S. Stutinsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie généraleUniversité Louis-PasteurStrasbourgFrance

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