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July 2, 1982

Textbook of Endocrinology

Author Affiliations

Southfield, Mich


edited by Robert H. Williams, ed 6; 1,270 pp, 743 illus, $65, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(1):96. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330010066040

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I received my first Williams' Textbook of Endocrinology (third edition) as a gift from my wife in 1964.I recall the excitement of reading that textbook for the first time as a junior medical student and managed to proceed from first page to last with some difficulty, but to my great benefit. I am sure that this now classic text has introduced generations of medical students to the field of endocrinology and has led many to select a career in related areas.

I have now had the opportunity to read editions 4, 5, and 6. Each edition has increased the number of contributors, and now the sixth edition is written by 49 leading authorities. Although the authorities assembled for this textbook are truly a "who's who" in endocrinology, the book suffers some disorganization and at times a certain lack of clinical focus. I find that house officers increasingly turn to competing