edited by Leslie J. DeGroot, 3rd ed, 3423 pp, with 2276 illus, $450, ISBN 0-7216-4262-4, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1995.
The third edition of this impressive text is the product of over 200 authors and nine editors. The work is intended to provide a complete, contemporary source of both basic and clinical aspects of endocrinology. It was hoped that the text would be of use to students, fellows, clinical endocrinologists, academicians, and researchers around the world.
As with previous editions, this text-book is surprisingly easy to read and is supplemented by a large number of illustrations and tables. Almost every conceivable endocrine topic can be readily found and researched with the help of the extensive list of references at the end of each chapter. Because the many authors are all outstanding authorities in their fields, the content is generally sound.
An area of exception is the short piece on the management of adrenal insufficiency. The authors suggest that hydrocortisone can be given as a "once-a-day" oral dose. They further suggest
Stoffer SS. Endocrinology, vols 1-3. JAMA. 1995;273(18):1464. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520420080046