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June 1952

The Practice of Endocrinology.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(6):998-999. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240060141031

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As is usual with most British textbooks, the clinical descriptions in this volume are well written, vivid, and adequate. The writer states in his preface that his book is intended for general practitioners "most of whom are too busy to concern themselves with unproven hypotheses and academic details." We are not sure that the implication of this statement—namely, that the general physician must be content with a sort of second-class knowledge—is sound. Actually many of the discussions, especially those of therapy, seem a little inadequate. Cortisone is not mentioned in the treatment of Addison's disease, although American physicians rely heavily on it. The discussion of the mechanism of diabetic acidosis is somewhat superficial, and the important role of potassium disturbance is lightly dismissed. Diet in diabetics is dealt with by referring to a table. The reasons for preparation of hyperthyroid patients for operation with thiouracil and iodine are not clearly

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