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August 7, 1967

Basic Endocrinology for Students of Biology and Medicine

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JAMA. 1967;201(6):495. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060169041

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The authors intended this book to be a brief summary of mammalian endocrinology, which can serve as an introduction to the subject for students of physiology and biochemistry. A large portion of the material presented comes from human endocrinology, but the authors wisely avoid any detailed consideration of the treatment of human endocrine disorders.

This is a good and useful student handbook which covers the classical areas of endocrinology in a well organized and concise fashion. Unfortunately, it could be considerably better than it is, without a great deal of effort from the authors. Many of the illustrations are borrowed from other sources and lack freshness. Some inaccuracies in dates and figures were easy to spot, and a few of the clinical comments could bear editing by a clinician.

The references are well chosen, and the summarizing tables of information are perhaps the strongest feature of the book.