Abnormal Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Function in Anorexia Nervosa

Patricia A. Lipscomb, H. Vierhapper, Philip W. Gold, Harry Gwirtsman, Harry Brandt, David Jimerson, D. Lynn Loriaux, George P. Chrousos

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To the Editor: The findings of Gold et al. (May 22 issue)* may add more to our knowledge about starvation in general than to our knowledge about eating disorders as psychiatric entities. The authors present nothing to suggest that their findings in the anorexic patients reflect anything other than nonspecific effects of starvation, irrespective of psychiatric diagnosis. It seems plausible that persons on hunger strikes or persons subjected to involuntary starvation might have endocrine abnormalities identical to those of the underweight anorexic patients or those with recent weight restoration, particularly since these abnormalities resolved in patients with long-term recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-220
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 22 1987
Externally publishedYes

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