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Historic Pituitary

This drawing shows the relationship of the pituitary gland (hypophysis) to the skull base, optic chiasm and the vasculature. Note how this gland sits within a cavity in the skull base, the "sella turcica" (Turkish saddle), named historically by its similarity in shape.

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Gray H. Anatomy of the human body. (1918) Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger.

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