edited by John P. Bilezikian, 859 pp, with illus, $165, ISBN 0-7817-0017-5, New York, NY, Raven Press, 1994.
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This book by many investigators in the field of parathyroid and calcium metabolism serves many purposes: to educate students and future practitioners of endocrinology and, even more important, to collect and collate the phenomenal amount of information available. Ever since Fuller Albright provided a classic description of the parathyroid glands in the first half of the century, a remarkable body of literature has accumulated.
At first glance, one might question the need for another endocrinology textbook dedicated to a single gland. However, just as the parathyroid glands are anatomic companions to the thyroid gland, this text should be a companion to texts on the thyroid gland, and the wealth of research collected over the past 30 years makes the text stand on its own merits.
The chapters are well organized with appropriate emphasis on molecular and clinical topics. The smooth blend between the two makes the book extremely readable, and
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