Dr. Henry R. Harrower, MD. (1883-1934) was one of the early pioneering endocrinologists during the first half of the 20th century. His textbook Practical Endocrinology is the foundation of many of today’s writings on endocrinology. It was first published by the Harrower laboratories in Glendale California in 1932 and later re-published by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research. In this text Dr. Harrower goes into an extensive discussion on the endocrine system and the relationships between the different glands.
Dr. Harrower and many of his colleagues found themselves under attack for their use of endocrine extracts; many of these extracts were used in a homeopathic manner which was looked upon with disfavor by the fledgling pharmaceutical industry. Because of his work in 1921, Harvey Cushing, a noted neurosurgeon and endocrinologist, headed an assault on practitioners doing pluriglandular therapy singling out Dr. Harrower and his work as a nonscientific approach to medicine.
Dr. Harrower’s academic contributions to the understanding of the relationships of the glands that make up the endocrine system unfortunately were not the focus of his adversaries towards the end of his life. Their total focus was on the natural endocrine extracts produced by Harrower laboratories which overshadowed these academic contributions. Today Harrower’s endocrine chart shows those functional co-relationships in a classic manner that can never be denied.