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June 16, 1962

Atlas of Clinical Endocrinology Including Text of Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1962;180(11):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050240086035

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This volume comes as a refreshing contrast to the numerous current publications emphasizing the biochemical basis of disease. The first edition of the Atlas was published 5 years ago, and the present volume contains essentially the same pictures of patients with classical endocrinopathies. Several new illustrations and syndromes, however, have been added; but more important, the recent developments in laboratory diagnostic techniques are appropriately included, such as determination of chromatin pattern and chromosomal counting. Likewise, the classical clinical references have been supplemented by the important articles appearing between 1955 and 1960.

The value of the book, as the authors clearly describe in the preface, is in its pictorial presentation. No description of a cretin is as adequate as a simple photograph, and the same could be said for a patient with Cushing's syndrome. To have a classical photograph of the "typical" patient juxtaposed to a concise summary of the symptoms,

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