May 1931


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By Erich Leschke, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Berlin. Paper. Price, 8 marks. Pp. 130. Dresden: Theodor Steinkopff, 1930.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(5):825-826. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140230152013

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This little book, which is one of a series prepared especially for the busy practitioner, contains in condensed, but well arranged form, an amazing amount of information. Some of this is more, some less, reliable. It would be impossible for a reader who was untrained in the field of metabolism to disengage theory from fact, speculation from knowledge. The author, particularly in the sections dealing with therapeutics, adopts a naively uncritical attitude for one who ranks among the leaders in the field of metabolism and endocrinology. Thus, in the section on the treatment for obesity is the serious recommendation of the use by mouth of anterior lobe pituitary substance in pluriglandular combination with ovarian and testicular preparations. The author is one of many who in the reviewer's opinion confuse rather than clarify endocrine problems by resort to pluriglandular, in Leschke's case "plurivegetative," theorizing. It is not to be doubted that

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