November 1983

Endocrine Aspects of Aging

Author Affiliations

Boise, Idaho


edited by S. G. Korenman; editor-in-chief, Louis V. Avioli; Current Endocrinology: Basic and Clinical Aspects, 275 pp, with illus, $39.95, New York, Elsevier North Holland Inc, 1982.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(11):2050. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350110028002

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I like thin books. They hold out the promise that the reader can encompass their contents—that he will know "all about" the subject. These views are shared by the publisher of this series entitled Current Endocrinology: Basic and Clinical Aspects and its editor-in-chief, Louis V. Avioli, MD. He has persuaded a group of experts, like Dr Korenman, to supervise the collation of a number of "small editions that characterize the state-of-the-art in specific areas of endocrinology."

This goal has been achieved admirably here. The contributors are all knowledgeable and generally lucid, with occasional lapses into turgid prose. Dr Korenman, in his introduction, makes excellent points about the difficulties in conducting valid research into the nature of the aging process, but he punishes the reader severely for any lapse in attention. An example of this can be seen in the following excerpt from page 5:

In aging the signals for hormone

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