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This is a comprehensive, much-needed textbook. The scientists who are not familiar with the mountainous literature pertaining to comparative endocrinology will find in this volume a fountain of information, thoughtfully gathered and succinctly presented. In each of its 16 chapters, the specific endocrine system is introduced and identified together with some of the historical background of its discovery. The anatomical and histological features of the endocrine systems are discussed, and in some cases, there is a good account of their morphogenesis. In most cases, the authors give a run-down of the organs in each of the classes of vertebrates. The chemical nature of the secretion and the physiology of its action are discussed. The cellular level of action of hormones, hormone interaction, and control systems are elucidated. The practical use of hormones and the rationale for using them is particularly useful. The treatment of the chemistry of the various hormones
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