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November 1, 1976

Diagnostic Endocrinology

Author Affiliations

American Heart Association Dallas

JAMA. 1976;236(18):2109. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270190063041

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Essentials of Metabolic Disease and Endocrinology  by Habeeb Bacchus, 511 pp, with illus, $24.50, Baltimore, University Park Press, 1976.These two books, though related by subject, are markedly different in design, intent, and value to the reader. Dr Cryer places his main focus on "conceptual basis and practical application of modern laboratory methods... for the diagnosis of functional endocrine disorders." He succeeds admirably. In crisp prose, the indications, performance, and interpretations of endocrine tests are clearly presented. This will be a useful handbook for house staff and physicians dealing with patients in whom the diagnosis of endocrine disease is being considered. Dr Cryer is decisive and objective. His writings are obviously grounded in extensive clinical experience and broad knowledge of the field, as shown by his concern about the adequacy of 24-hour urine collections, his warning about the overinterpretation of oral glucose tolerance tests, and his advice not to order