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This second edition bears little resemblance to the first (1957), for the field of endocrine assays has experienced a phenomenal growth in the past ten years. The authors aim to assess the reliability of currently used assays and to discuss their use and interpretation in clinical practice. These goals have been satisfactorily achieved. The authors are to be praised for having used almost entirely data from the human.
Roughly the first third relates to pituitary hormones. The information is up-to-date and the gonadotropin evaluation is excellent. Now that sensitive radioimmunoassays for human growth hormone are available in more and more centers, information on this is of great interest. The importance of provocative tests with induced hypoglycemia and arginine infusion in promoting growth hormone secretion is not stressed. This is unfortunate, since the major usefulness of these assays will be in screening children with growth failure. It is unfair to criticize
Deiss WP. Hormone Assays and Their Clinical Application. JAMA. 1967;200(2):184–185. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120150140047
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