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January 1, 1955

The Female Sex Hormones

JAMA. 1955;157(1):97. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950180099038

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This small book, written for the intelligent layman, is an attempt by a biochemist to bridge the gap between the highly technical literature of the endocrinologist and the sensationalism of the popular magazines. The author has only partially succeeded in this attempt, and his efforts will probably prove of little inspiration or interest to any large group of the reading public. The style and manner of presentation are too stilted to appeal to the more literary reader. The biochemical and historical parts of the book are sound and informative, but the sections dealing with the medical and therapeutic aspects of the subject reflect the fact that the author is not a physician and has obtained his information from the less critical literature on endocrinology. A typical statement that can only mislead the layman is: "if a comparatively young woman suffering from menstrual pains shows signs of fatness which affects the

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