Von Max Reiss, Dr. med., Dr. rer. nat., Privatdozent für pathologische Physiologie an der Deutschen Universität in Prag. Paper. Price, 15 marks. Pp. 415, with 26 illustrations. Berlin & Vienna: Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1934.
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This book is apparently intended to be a brief but comprehensive survey of present knowledge of endocrinology, including descriptions of technical methods and an extensive bibliography. It is designed primarily for the use of investigators. Adequate discussion of so detailed a work is impossible in a limited space; this would require a book of no mean proportions in itself. It appears that the author, who is to be commended at least for zeal and industry, has not attained his primary aim. Perusal of any section chosen at random reveals that much essential information has been omitted and that a great deal of nonessential, unconfirmed, unconfirmable and definitely erroneous material has been included. Little effort has been made to distinguish between demonstrated fact and the overwhelming number of fanciful excursions into endocrinology with which the physiologic literature is deluged; this volume will serve at least as much to perpetuate error as
Die Hormonforschung und ihre Methoden. JAMA. 1935;104(26):2391. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760260079038