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July 25, 1936

The Adrenals

JAMA. 1936;107(4):305. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770300059027

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This is chiefly a compilation, with little if any critical analysis, of literature covering some prominent phases of the subject. A bibliography of 704 references is appended. In view of the fact that this corresponds to not more than about a tenth of the total number of published articles on the adrenals (as a conservative estimate), the author may be congratulated for his courage in undertaking to sift out of so enormous a mass of heterogeneous material that which he considers worthy of record. In view of the superabundance of available literature, an onus probandi rests on the author of a monograph to establish its raison d'être. Its merit may be judged by its content of new or unpublished material, critical analysis of existing literature, especially controversial subjects, elaboration and discussion of the author's own original contributions and of his experience in the field, and other similar considerations. These form

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