Book Reviews
June 1941

The Endocrine Function of Iodine.

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By William Thomas Salter. Price, $3.50. Pp. 350, with 45 tables and 40 illustrations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(6):1350. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000120222016

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While this volume is not intended primarily as a clinical treatise, the clinician, as well as the biochemist and the physiologist, will find it interesting and useful. Although it deals chiefly with iodine in relation to the endocrine glands, as the table of contents indicates, it includes many data concerning other features of iodine metabolism.

The material is arranged as follows: (1) iodine balance and endocrine balance, (2) iodine stores in body tissues, (3) iodine compounds of biologic importance, (4) circulating iodine, (5) thyroid activity, (6) endocrine balance, (7) iodine and the pituitary-ovarian axis, (8) neurologic influence of iodine, (9) iodine balance, (10) radioactive iodine and (11) clinical problems. Following these are a section on chemical methods—called an appendix for laboratory workers—a bibliography and a subject index.

Throughout the book the author carefully distinguishes between established fact and ideas which will require much more study and added data before they

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