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March 13, 1948

Office Endocrinology

JAMA. 1948;136(11):806. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890280074035

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This book claims to give the practicing physician the latest practical, reliable facts about endocrinology, simply and definitely: yet almost all of the volume is devoted to "female endocrinology." There is a brief section on "male endocrinology." Another brief section on "hormonology" and a five page introduction on "regulatory mechanisms" cover the rest of the endocrine system. The section on hormonology merely describes the actions of the estrogens, progesterone, androgens and the adrenal cortical, thyroid and pituitary hormones. Thus, there are no clinical data on any endocrine glands other than the gonads. The pancreas and parathyroids are not mentioned in the section on hormonology. "Female endocrinology," which occupies most of the book, is a condensed outline containing many practical points in diagnosis and treatment. Some of the recommendations seem a little optimistic. Hormone nomenclature is well covered in the section on hormonology.

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