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March 29, 1958

Introduction to Clinical Endocrinology

JAMA. 1958;166(13):1658-1659. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990130118035

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The original purpose of this brief textbook was to present the subject of clinical endocrinology in terms of applied physiology. In actuality, however, it is rather a brief review of endocrinological disorders with only scant consideration of the underlying physiological principles. As a consequence, it fulfills neither the needs for a detailed practical text nor those of a theoretical treatise. Although the book is well written in an excellent style, the absence of any illustrations or references detract from its value. The subject matter is, in general, soundly presented but not completely up to date. For example, no mention is made of the Thorn test for adrenal insufficiency, the phosphate excretion test for the presence of a parathyroid tumor, enzymatic deficiency as a cause of cretinism, or the important manifestations of toxic adenoma of the thyroid. Despite these criticisms, the present volume should serve as a good review of the

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