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February 25, 1983

Human Endocrinology: An Interactive Text

Author Affiliations

Oregon Health Sciences University Providence Medical Center Portland


by Melvin J. Fregly and William G. Luttge, 365 pp, with illus, paper, $24.50, New York, Elsevier Biomedical, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(8):1066-1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330320064046

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This is a textbook of endocrinology, written for the undergraduate student. The subject is introduced in the conventional manner, by explaining what hormones are and emphasizing those features that make them unique. The chapters are aligned in a manner characteristic of endocrine textbooks and headed by one on neuroendocrinology and neurohypophyseal hormones. This is as it should be. All the chapters are similarly arranged with a clear but brief description of the anatomy and, in some cases, include information concerning embryologic development. Each chapter is divided into several sections, and the objectives to be gleaned from each section are listed at the outset. At the end of each section, the authors pose a series of questions based on statements in that particular section. In addition, the answers to these questions are listed. If the student uses this format properly, he can make learning endocrinology an active experience.

The chapter "Autonomic