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Endocrinology is a broad field; its scope is so wide that the overlap with the other specialties is often considerable. Consequently, the writing of a textbook on endocrinology becomes a problem of determining the amount and type of information to be included. Obviously, a complete work on the subject is too complex for the practitioner, not to mention many of the workers in the numerous subfields of endocrinology. The author presented what he considers to be the essentials for clinical practice. Some may take issue with the topics included. Space is devoted to the bizarre chromosomal defects resulting in Turner's and Klinefelter's syndromes, yet very little attention is paid to ACTH therapy. Others will argue that it was the author's prerogative to select only those subjects in which he was particularly interested. Chapters are devoted to obesity, the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, and adrenal glands; to sexual development, the testes,
Parish LC. Clinical Endocrinology for Practitioners and Students (Ed. 3). JAMA. 1961;178(7):779-780. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040460087023