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January 17, 1977

Clinical Endocrinology: Theory and Practice

JAMA. 1977;237(3):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270300079018

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This new English translation of the second (1971) German edition of Clinical Endocrinology is a well-written, lengthy textbook that in nearly 1,100 pages attempts to cover the entire field of clinical endocrinology. Probably thestrongest point of this book, as Dr George W. Thorn points out in his introduction, is the emphasis on basic science at the beginning of each chapter. Most chapters start with a brief historical outline concerning the organ system involved, followed by concise but complete outlines of the embryology, gross anatomy, histology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology of the various endocrine organs and their secretions. These introductory sections are then followed by classical descriptions of the pathophysiological states that can be encountered. The emphasis on basic science makes this a most useful textbook of the practicing clinician as well as the advanced medical student and the resident physician.

Clinical Endocrinology is written primarily for the practicing "generalist." The