December 1974

The Hypothalamus and Pituitary in Health and Disease

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC


by William Locke and Andrew V. Schally, 608 pp, $29.95, Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(6):1137. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320240171031

Locke and Schally and four associate authors from Tulane University School of Medicine have written a book that they hope will span the gap between research-oriented physiologists and anatomists on the one hand, and practicing clinicians (including neurosurgeons) on the other. This is certainly an ambitious undertaking and, if we fault them for not reaching their goal entirely, perhaps it is because they have set their goal so high. In general, this book will be most profitable as a reference source for most readers. The authors have gathered a stupendous amount of English literature citations regarding their topic, and the good index will probably mean that this book will frequently come off the shelf to settle some neuroendocrinologic dispute or to help in understanding some puzzling case.

There are some problems that came up while reading this book. Certain sections are intellectually "thin" and out of date already (eg, the

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