September 11, 1987

Estrogens in the Environment II: Influences on Development

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston

Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston


edited by John A. McLachlan (symposium, Raleigh, NC, April 1985), 435 pp, with illus, $78, New York, Elsevier Science Publishing Co, 1985.

JAMA. 1987;258(10):1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400100135040

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This book gathers the proceedings of a second major symposium on estrogens (a first such symposium was held in 1979) in Raleigh, NC, April 10 through 12, 1985, and constitutes an important, up-to-date contribution to the field of reproductive endocrinology and physiology. Estrogens are ubiquitous in the environment, and their varying effects on different human body tissues range from innocuous to restorative to toxic— often depending on the amount. The present volume will therefore prove helpful to the investigator and to the clinician with a special interest in the topic.

Although an effort has clearly been made by the editor to link the topics into a coherent narrative, the book does not quite flow like a textbook. All the same, the individual chapters are complete in themselves and contain rich, invaluable materials. For the start, Dr Roy Hertz, to whom the book is dedicated (and rightly so), contributes a thoroughgoing