By Louis J. Soffer, M.D., Ralph I. Dorfman, Ph.D., and J. Lester Gabrilove, M.D. Price, $18.50. Pp. 591, with 80 illustrations. Lea & Febiger, 600 S. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 6, 1961.
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This reviewer gives his enthusiastic endorsement to a valuable 590-page text which covers very completely the anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, and physiology of normal and abnormal adrenal function in man. Two clinicians with extensive experience in the recognition and treatment of adrenal abnormalities have teamed up with a clinically oriented specialist in steroid biochemistry to produce a volume which contains the answers most frequently sought by practicing physicians. Even more important than the answers themselves, are the reasons behind the answers in terms of biochemistry and physiology—and, within the framework of present knowledge, this material is there, too, in concise and understandable form. The outstanding quality of this book is represented by the scientific approach to the diagnosis and management of disease based upon recent advances in biochemistry and physiology. Medical students in both the preclinical and clinical years will quickly appreciate this aspect. For example, in Chapter 4 an excellent
Conn JW. The Human Adrenal Gland. Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(2):246-247. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620140118017