March 17, 1993

Werner and Ingbar's The Thyroid: A Fundamental and Clinical Text

Author Affiliations

Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, Mass


edited by Lewis E. Braverman and Robert D. Utiger, 6th ed, 1365 pp, with illus, $175, ISBN 0-397-51205-8, Philadelphia, Pa, JB Lippincott, 1991.

JAMA. 1993;269(11):1445. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500110117049

This text is exactly what it purports to be—a fundamental and clinical text. It is divided into nine major parts, which address all aspects of normal thyroid function and disease and laboratory assessment of thyroid function. Each part is divided into sections and chapters. The 95 chapters were written by 116 authors from Australia, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and North America.

The volume escapes the varied caliber of individual contributions that plagues some multiauthored books. Instead, the chapters are uniformly excellent, a tribute to the selection of authors combined with superb editing. The contributors are recognized authorities with extensive experience, and the chapters are comprehensive reviews, uncluttered by needless inclusion of all published data. In all but a few instances, the references are extensive but not burdensome. When significant differences of opinion exist, the majority of the authors present fairly the points of view that differ from