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Anterior Lobe of Pituitary

The anterior lobe of the pituitary gland is one of two lobes (the other being the posterior lobe). Each lobe releases different hormones that affect bone growth and regulates activity in other glands. This gland was once believed to be the main controlling gland of the body, but we now know that, important as it is, it is subservient to a master gland called the hypothalamus, which is the needed link between the pituitary gland and the brain. This master gland is really a way station between the body and the brain and sorts out messages going to and from the brain. It responds to the body through the pituitary gland, which is suspended just below it. It sometimes replies by nerve impulses and sometimes with needed hormones. The pituitary gland then makes hormones of its own in answer to the body’s needs.