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November 8, 1941

Essentials of Endocrinology

JAMA. 1941;117(19):1658-1659. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820450082036

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Little is known but much is written about endocrinology. The purchasing physician has been disappointed so many times that he should be pardoned if he examines a new book in this field with a critical eye. Grollman is a full time laboratory worker who apparently has had little contact with patients. His laboratory work has been limited to specialized fields; in this book there are but a half dozen references to his published papers.

The preface indicates that he believes that "clinical endocrinology is frequently befuddled by accepting unproved assumptions as basic facts and building upon the insecure foundations thus established a maze of fanciful and ill founded conjectures." This book contains a cursory discussion of almost everything even remotely connected with the endocrine glands. The reader is relieved to learn that "other ductless glands (the tonsils, glomus coccygeum, etc.) are also excluded." None of the sciences are neglected. There

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