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Dr Kaplan undertakes a difficult task, producing a new textbook of pediatric endocrinology. The need is real. The second edition of the benchmark work by Lawson Wilkins appeared in 1957. The goals of the two books are similar. Like Wilkins, Kaplan writes for the clinician, "to provide a practical reference source for knowledge regarding endocrine disorders affecting infants, children, and adolescents."
Wilkins complains of the burden the advances of the six years between editions placed on him to present concisely the current state of the art. Now, a full generation later, 19 coauthors sift and sort. The result is not a "how-to" book and is most dissimilar to the recent handbooks or practical guides to pediatric endocrinology. The latter popular works, often found protruding from the house officer's coat pocket, provide tables of differential diagnosis, details to perform special diagnostic tests precisely, and normal ranges for obscure laboratory tests. This
Rich BH. Clinical Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology. JAMA. 1983;249(15):2095. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330390087048
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