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The field of endocrinology has come a long way in the last decade. Indeed, the whole science has developed almost within the memory of many people still contributing to the field. This activity is reflected in this culling and condensation of medical reports. If they reflect justly the volume or direction of interest one would say that endocrine influences on neoplastic disease is least. This is followed by the parathyroid, then the hypophysis and the hypothalamic area. Next come the reproductive system, carbohydrate metabolism emphasizing the oral hypoglycemic agents, the adrenal gland, and, finally, most space is given to the thyroid. There is much to relate about steroid chemistry, with the new synthetic materials getting a lot of attention. Thyroiditis, at least some varieties, appears to be falling into the category of disorders in immune and autoimmune mechanisms. One can find a good review of the rather startling developments which
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