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Hypothalamic-Pituitary Function in Depressive Illness: Insensitivity to Hypoglycaemia

Br Med J 1969; 3 doi: (Published 05 July 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;3:27
  1. B. J. Carroll


    The insulin tolerance test was performed in 16 severely depressed patients on admission to hospital and after treatment with electric convulsion therapy. The mean plasma cortisol response to hypoglycaemia was significantly impaired before treatment, particularly in the patients who also showed resistance to dexamethasone suppression. The results are consistent with hypothalamic-pituitary insensitivity to hypoglycaemia in these subjects.