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June 1968

The Ovarian Hormones.

Author Affiliations

San Antonio, Tex


By Lawrence R. Wharton, PhB, MD, ScD. Price, $12. Pp 304, with 3 tables. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(6):576-577. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640060090026

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In this book of over 300 pages, the author has attempted to gather the vast amount of experimental data and clinical information available on ovarian hormones "which has lain buried for years on the shelves of our medical libraries" and present it in a form readily available to both laymen and physicians (or so he states). As far as laymen are concerned, the book contains excessively technical terminology and discussions of experimental details which few are competent to assess. As far as physicians are concerned, it would be difficult to imagine a book of less merit.

At best, this is a pleasant bit of antiquarianism, written by an obviously sympathetic emeritus gynecologist, whose knowledge of physiology and endocrinology is largely limited to quotations from not-too-recent textbooks written for medical students. For example, the information on pituitary hormones in the menopause is not only incorrect but contradicts itself on the same

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