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November 1971

Essentials of Clinical Endocrinology.

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San Antonio, Tex

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(5):838-839. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310230151027

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Schneeberg and his contributors (Banghart, Bendersky, Eskin, Paul, Shaw, Smith, and the Steinbergers) have accomplished exactly what they set out to do in superb fashion: prepare a tight, up-to-date synopsis of clinically relevant endocrinological information. The style is simple and straightforward, and it makes an extraordinary density of information quite readable. A very practical clinical orientation is evident throughout: in discussing the treatment of hyperthyrodism, Schneeberg states:

Criteria useful in selecting individual treatment are outlined below, but the choice depends to a large extent on the experience of the physician, local surgical skills and isotope facilities, and the convenience, comfort and wishes of the patient.

How refreshingly different from the usual dogmatic recommendations!

In controversial areas, the author treads a very reasonable middleground; perhaps the necessity for conciseness made it impossible to indicate in greater detail the range of authoritative opinions. However, the reader is given excellent bibliographic referrals, should

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