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June 3, 1950

Die Erkrankungen der endokrinen Drüsen

JAMA. 1950;143(5):508. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910400100036

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This Swiss textbook on endocrinology written in German is arranged according to the usual pattern of books of this type. After an introductory section on the physiology of each endocrine gland, there is a brief discussion of the pathology followed by a summation of the clinical aspects of various endocrine disorders.

The book is well written and arranged but suffers from the serious defect that, although published in 1949, there are only rare references to anything in the literature subsequent to 1937. Apparently the author had no access to the world literature of the last decade; hence the book is entirely out of date as viewed from American standards. This is to be regretted, because the book otherwise appears to be fairly critical and presents succinctly the general subject in a satisfactory manner. There are, however, some minor errors, such as an erroneous formula for epinephrine (page 373) and references

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