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May 5, 1956

Androgens: Biochemistry, Physiology, and Clinical Significance

JAMA. 1956;161(1):116. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010118045

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This monograph summarizes the vast literature that has accumulated in the past 25 years on the androgens, often less accurately designated as the male sex hormones. A variety of androgenic agents, including the male sex hormone, are elaborated in the organism and play a part in metabolic functions distinct from those concerned with secondary sex characters. After a brief historical resume, the authors discuss in detail the biochemistry, physiology, and clinical aspects of the androgens. Appended to the text are a tabulation of the known androgens and their derivatives and a description of the chemical and biological procedures used for their assay. The authors have contributed widely to this field, and this is reflected in their critical, accurate, and complete survey of the subject. The book is well documented, with extensive bibliographic references collected at the end of each chapter. The typography and general make-up of the book are excellent.

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