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April 1974

Clinical Paediatric Endocrinology.

Author Affiliations

Department of Child Health University of Manchester St. Mary's Hospital Manchester 13 OJH England

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(4):601. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110230147030

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The reader cannot have it both ways. He may well pick up this slim volume and feel that it fails on two counts, for some in not being sufficiently exhaustive, for others in being a whole book devoted to a subspecialty. Yet by participating in the Postgraduate Paediatrics Series by John Apley, MD, the author has fulfilled his brief, which was to provide a personal and concise review of clinical pediatric endocrinology. The book does not suffer from the fuzzy blurring of style that characterizes many large multiauthored tomes, and is, in places, pithy and didactic. Of course, dogmatic assertion without the support of numerous citations is currently unfashionable, but it does have the merit of keeping the reader awake. Every specialist, or rather supraspecialist, within the subject will be able to look at his section of particular interest and shake his head wisely; yet, few would be as well-qualified

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