Owing to the fact that HCG has no direct action on any endocrine gland, its tremendous grandness in maternity has been overlooked and its potency underestimated. Though a pregnant lady can produce as much as one million units per day, we find that the injection of only 125 units per day is ample to reduce weight at the rate of roughly one pound per day, even in a colossus weighing 400 pounds, when associated with a 500- Calorie diet. It is no exaggeration to say that the flooding of the female body with HCG is by far the most spectacular hormonal event in maternity. It has an tremendous protective grandness for mother and child, and I even go so far as to say that no lady, and sure not an obese one, could carry her maternity to term without it.
If I can be forgiven for comparing my fellow-endocrinologists with wicked Godmothers, HCG has sure been their Cinderella, and I can only romantically hope that its extraordinary effect on abnormal fat will prove to be its Fairy Godmother.
HCG has been known for over half a century. It is the substance which Aschheim and Zondek so brilliantly used to diagnose early maternity out of the urine. Apart from that, the only thing it did in the experimental laboratory was to produce precocious rats, and that was not particularly stimulating to further research at a time when much more thrilling endocrinological discoveries were pouring in from all sides, sweeping, HCG into the stiller back waters.