Ode to a Gila Monster: Report From the 38th Annual Meeting of the EASD

Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD


October 24, 2002

In This Article


Behold the mighty dinosaur
Famous in prehistoric lore,
Not only for his power and strength
But for his intellectual length.
You will observe by these remains
The creature had two sets of brains --
One in his head (the usual place),
The other in his spinal base.
Thus he could reason "A priori"
As well as "A posteriori."

-- Excerpted from Ode to a Dinosaur, Bert Leston Taylor, 1912 (See Sidebar)

Perhaps this poem is not the absolute truth, but it does offer insight into the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in the production of neurohumors and their potential in the physiology and pathophysiology of the human condition.


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