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August 22, 1953

Clinical Endocrinology. Volumes I and II.

JAMA. 1953;152(17):1675. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690170089035

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These impressive volumes are not the expected cyclopedic textbook but are an outline of endocrinology. An outline may well serve its purpose as an introduction or recapitulation of details elaborated in conventional language. Material presented in outline must of necessity appear dogmatic (which is undesirable in so labile a field as endocrinology); therefore, controversial topics cannot be presented in an intelligible manner. Owing, however, to the wide clinical experience of the authors and their thorough coverage of the vast literature, the disadvantages intrinsic in an outline presentation have been reduced to a minimum.

The subject of endocrinology has been covered adequately and is organized in a masterly manner. The material is sound and up-to-date, although the literature and text of the preclinical sections lack the quality of the clinical sections. The book is presented in a well-printed, easily read format. Illustrations and case reports that are appended to the chapters

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