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January 1942

Essentials of Endocrinology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;69(1):163-164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200130173020

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Should the reviewer be asked to choose a single volume book about the hormones for the student or the practitioner of medicine, he would unhesitatingly recommend this one. The author has presented a "critical evaluation of all important aspects of the subject." To quote further from the preface, "Clinical endocrinology is frequently befuddled by accepting unproved assumptions as basic facts and building upon the insecure foundations, thus established, a maze of fanciful and ill-founded conjectures. When reduced to its experimentally established facts, clinical endocrinology can be placed on a scientifically sound basis. Since so much of endocrinology is based on observations in human disease, it is impossible to dissociate experimental from clinical endocrinology."

The exposition is sane and cautious as well as orderly. In each instance the fundamental facts of gross, comparative and microscopic anatomy, embryology, physiology and pathology on which the experimental and the clinical studies are based are

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