March 8, 1965

Clinical Aspects of Adrenal Function

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Los Angeles


By Ivor H. Mills. 248 pp, 62 illus. $9.50. F. A. Davis Co., 1914 Cherry St, Philadelphia 19103, 1964

JAMA. 1965;191(10):871-872. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080100089044

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Dr. Mills has done an admirable job in accomplishing the task which he has set out for himself. He states in the preface that the book is intended for medical students and for doctors who are not experts in the adrenal field, and that a certain amount of dogmatism is necessary to maintain simplicity of presentation. The book makes no attempt to give reference to the vast literature in this field but, instead, reflects chiefly the author's considerable experience. His own prejudice is reflected by the general underplay of the renin angiotensin system in control of aldosterone secretion and emphasis on corticoid secretion rates. Many clinical endocrinologists would take exception to the statement that 4,000 roentgens delivered to the pituitary may interfere with other pituitary functions and should not, therefore, be given to young patients.

In spite of these minor defects, the author has written a small volume that is

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