By Laurence C. Martin, M.D. (Camb.), F.R.C.P. (Lond.), Physician to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, England, and Martin Hynes, M.D. (Camb.), M.R.C.P. (Lond.), Reader in Medicine in the University of Cambridge, England. Foreword by Sir Lionel Whitby, C.V.O., M.C., M.D., F.R.C.P., D.P.H., Regius Professor of Physic, University of Cambridge, England. Price, $4.50. Pp. 222, with 8 plates and 22 text figures. The Blakiston Company, 1012 Walnut St., Philadelphia 5, 1949.
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This compact book was written with the purpose of providing the general practitioner and the medical student with information on the practical phases of endocrinology and of guiding them through the complexities of the subject. This it does in a most admirable way, and because it is so concise and well organized it can be recommended as a useful, simple handbook to be kept on the physician's desk.
As with all books of this type, specific statements are sometimes made about controversial points, but one has the feeling that they are set down after due deliberation with the view of avoiding confusion and making the text more readable. The pediatrician might lift an eyebrow now and then on reading such excerpts as these:
Diagnosis of cretinism may have to be made on clinical grounds and confirmed by a response to thyroid because biochemical investigations are usually impracticable in infants.
Clinical Endocrinology.. Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(1):179. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020186017