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October 7, 1950

Klinische Endökrinologie: Ein Lehbruch für Ärzte und Studierende

JAMA. 1950;144(6):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060069043

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Although bearing the imprint of 1949, this text is no more up-to-date than corresponding American texts issued almost a decade ago. The author apparently has not had access to the world literature after 1939, for the bibliography appended to the book lists few references after this date, nor does one find mention in the text of the more recent advances. Except for this vital defect, the book is well written and organized and summarizes the fundamental clinical facts of endocrinology with briefer attention to the anatomic and physiologic basis underlying this subject. Appendixes include methods for hormone assays (unfortunately not always the most recent or best available) and a chronologic list of important discoveries in endocrinology. The illustrations are well chosen but lose much of their effectiveness by poor reproduction.

In general, this text cannot be recommended for the American reader, to whom a briefer, more critical and more up-to-date

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