December 2, 1974

Clinical Endocrinology

Author Affiliations

Evanston, III


by Reginald Hall et al, ed 2; 494 pp, 92 illus, $25, JB Lippincott Co, 1974.

JAMA. 1974;230(9):1330. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240090066041

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Directed at senior medical and postgraduate students, this sensible text succinctly reviews the essentials of endocrinology. It stresses the interrelationships between the various organs, with a view to preventing disabling complications by early diagnosis and therapy. Aided by several experts in calcium, sex glands, and other fields, the authors offer practical clinical information interspersed with basic physiological concepts.

Anatomical and embryological descriptions introduce each section. Simple diagrams illustrate the circulatory, biochemical, and hormonal functions; and important features of the diseases—acromegaly, ovarian tumors, and diabetes—are conveniently tabulated. Methods for endocrine testing present the steps briefly and specifically with references and doses of test agents.

The section on the hypothalamus portrays the factors influencing the pituitary and thyroid axis. Use of the alternate-day therapy is omitted from the corticosteroid section. The book is thus deficient in some respects, but other portions have been improved, eg, the role of prostaglandins in pregnancy. Excellent