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April 17, 1948

Essentials of Endocrinology

JAMA. 1948;136(16):1072. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890330062036

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Abstract

The author has made several previous contributions to the literature on endocrinology. There is first a brief basic survey covering the scope and history of endocrinology and the origin, nature and uses of hormones. Thereafter, the subject is dealt with under five headings:

  1. Endocrine glands of the cranial cavity (hypophysis, hypothalamus, pineal).

  2. The branchiogenic organs (thyroid, parathyroid, thymus).

  3. The endocrine organs of the abdominal cavity (pancreas, adrenals).

  4. The hormones of the reproductive system (male, female).

  5. The hormones derived from nonendocrine organs.

Under each gland there is a description of the anatomy, physiology, pathology and biochemistry, also a section on clinical considerations. Some clinical sections are good, but this is the minor part of the book. Since the book was written for the general practitioner, it seems overweighted in favor of descriptions of biologic and chemical investigations. Especially is this true of the section on the

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