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March 6, 1996

Principles and Practice of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1996;275(9):728. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530330072040

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Principles and Practice of Endocrinology and Metabolism, second edition, by Kenneth L. Becker is a thoroughly comprehensive review of the science of endocrinology with major emphasis on the clinical aspects. The orientation is heavily toward specific disease states, stressing the basic chemistry, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

The text will be of major use to both the primary care physician and the clinical endocrinologist, as the subject ranges from the more common syndromes, such as thyroid dysfunction, diabetes mellitus, and parathyroid, pituitary, adrenal, and gonadal disorders, to the more esoteric, such as bombesinlike peptides, kinins, and neurotensin. Subspecialists other than endocrinologists would profit from reviewing such sections as "Diffuse Hormone Secretion," which covers endocrine aspects of pulmonary, cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal, and other organ systems.

Highlighted in gray are portions of everyday use to any clinician, which summarize endocrine medications, effects of various drugs on endocrine function and laboratory tests, "Reference Values