September 1972

The Human Adrenal Cortex.

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Chapel Hill, NC


Edited by Nicholas P. Christy, MD, with 23 authors. Price, $25. Pp 552 with 72 illustrations. Medical Department, Harper and Row Publishers, 49 E 33rd St, New York 10016, 1971.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(3):453-454. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110150151033

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The Human Adrenal Cortex by Nicholas P. Christy and 23 additional authors brings together in a highly accessible form much of the current knowledge concerning the human adrenal cortex and the hormone which it secretes. The material is well organized into 17 chapters written by distinguished and well-known authorities.

The book opens with a chapter by Siiteri on the steroids produced by the adrenal cortex and the clinical techniques which have been devised for quantitatively assessing the secretion of each. The chapter by Liddle on the regulation of adrenocortical function contains a gold mine of information on adrenal function tests. The six chapters on the action of the adrenal provide a perspective on why the adrenal is so necessary for physiologic well being. Within the memory of middle-aged physicians, biology textbooks still defined the role of the adrenal simply as "that gland without which life cannot exist." The knowledge of

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