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June 3, 1933

The Organs of Internal Secretion: Their Diseases and Therapeutic Application, With a Chapter on Obesity and Its Treatment.

JAMA. 1933;100(22):1802-1803. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740220068048

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Here are an introduction, sixteen chapters, bibliography and index. The first edition published in 1916 was founded on articles the author had written for the Medical Press and Circular. There is rather more history than should be included in a work of this size. Too much of the book is devoted to theory, particularly theories that now have little standing and but few facts to support them. The author has failed, moreover, to include some of the late work that must have been available while this edition was in course of preparation. The author questions whether vitamin D acts by simple stimulation of the parathyroids and feels that the evidence now is not sufficient to support that theory. He quotes Rendle Short to the effect that thyroid extract is quite as effectual as potassium iodide in tertiary syphilitic ulcers. He presents a beautiful picture of exophthalmic goiter and questions whether

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