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July 28, 1989

The Adrenal Gland

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

JAMA. 1989;262(4):570. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430040142050

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This brand new textbook attempts to cover the entire field of adrenal gland diseases, including basic steroid biochemistry and physiology, in about 500 pages.

In the book's introduction, the author, C. R. Kannan, explains that his main goal is to review vast amounts of adrenal literature and summarize all the material he thinks will be relevant to the practicing clinician. The author has met a herculean challenge to explain adrenal biochemistry, physiology, pathology, and therapeutics for both the clinical endocrinologist and primary practitioner. He further attempts to cull significant data involving the basic science and clinical research aspects of "adrenology," and he makes the facts both interesting and relevant to the practice of nonspecialty clinical medicine. In achieving these ends he succeeds admirably.

While it must be said that only an endocrinologist could love steroid biochemistry, this basic science is covered in a painless fashion with minimal illustrations of steroid