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February 19, 1982

Endocrinology and Metabolism

JAMA. 1982;247(7):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320320075046

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This new text book is an ambitious project that successfully competes with the other standard textbooks in the field. The first of eight parts consists of several general, introductory chapters. Much of this material is duplicated in later sections, but the chapter on hormone action is quite good and up to date, with 1980 references. Part 2, "Neuroendocrinology and Pituitary," is concise and complete. Unfortunately, the chapter "Neuroendocrine Physiology," on a fast-moving area, contains few references after 1977. In part 3, "Diseases of the Thyroid," the emphasis is on physiology and pathophysiology, and some clinical aspects of disease are dealt with quickly (such as periodic paralysis) or not at all (eg, the controversy regarding radioiodine therapy in patients with active exophthalamos).

"Diseases of the Adrenals" make up part 4, and this area is well covered. Part 5, "Gonadal Diseases," is the weakest section. One wishes for more detail on many