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August 27, 1955

Practical Endocrinology

JAMA. 1955;158(17):1572-1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960170088038

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This book has no pretension of being an exhaustive text in endocrinology but instead successfully presents to the practicing physician the diagnosis and treatment of the endocrine conditions he is likely to meet in practice. The arrangement of the text varies somewhat from the usual, considering first the diagnosis and treatment of the endocrine disorders of infancy and childhood, then the endocrine disorders associated with the major endocrine glands. Special chapters are devoted to hyperinsulinism, gynecomastia, and female hirsutism. The available hormones and their use in general practice are also considered. Most intriguing is the chapter on office laboratory tests. The familiar Sulkowitch test, the circulatory eosinophil, lymphocyte, and sperm count techniques, as well as the iodine vapor method for staining vaginal smears are described and seem well within the capacity of the average physician's office laboratory. The assay of 17-ketosteroids by the Callow-Talbot-Sulkowitch method is another matter and seems

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