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July 6, 1979

Prolactin: Effects and Clinical Significance

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1979;242(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300010069038

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This volume, like others in the series of research reviews, summarizes the recently published literature. This is a small book printed on a poor quality of paper, but it is well bound and most importantly well written and edited. Of the 105 pages of text, only about 20 are concerned with human clinical studies; the rest describe experimental studies in animals. The references, which cover the years 1976 and 1977, take up 43 pages and are arranged alphabetically by name of the senior author.

Prolactin is certainly one of the most interesting hormones, and the availability of bromocriptine to suppress prolactin secretion in certain clinical situations makes it a substance of great interest to clinicians. This book would be a disappointing purchase for most clinicians but would be a valuable acquisition for those conducting investigations into the subject of prolactin and its effects.