July 1974

Endocrinology of Woman.

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By Jose Botella-Llusia, MD, FIAC, and Edward A. Moscovic, MD. Price, $38. Pp 1084, with 609 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Co, West Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19105, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):185. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190187048

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This volume is an encyclopedic compendium of the literature concerning the sex-steroid endocrinology of women that goes up to about 1970. Because of the pace of developments in modern medicine, this volume is already very much out of date, as evidenced by the following. There is very little discussion of the current understanding of the cytoplasmic, steroidophilic proteins that are found in target cells for estrogens, progestins, androgens, and glucocorticoids. There is little discussion of the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone and the role of the latter as an intercellular androgen. There is very little discussion of the extraadrenal and extragonadal conversion of steroids into androgens. There is little mention of the synthesis of luteinizing-hormone releasing factor and its use clinically. These are only a few of the many omissions of developments that have occurred in this field during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Therefore, while this volume is

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