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April 17, 1981

The Pituitary Adenoma

JAMA. 1981;245(15):1589. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310400057035

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When I first received this book, I expected another endocrinologically oriented work dealing with pituitary tumors. In the preface, however, the authors' stated aim is a "comprehensive review of current aspects [of] the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pituitary adenomas... to present a balanced viewpoint on these different areas." The book is exceptionally well edited and written. Subjects are well referenced and include material published as recently as 1978.

The book is divided into four major sections. Part 1 is an updated review of the pathophysiology of pituitary tumors. The chapters on hypothalamic-pituitary regulation and the etiology of pituitary adenomas provide solid background and understanding of the different aspects of diagnostic tests, medical management, and etiology of pituitary tumors. Moreover, they provide an understanding of hypothalamic-pituitary disorders in general.

The chapter on the pathology of pituitary adenomas is well written and appropriately illustrated and gives traditional concepts as well as