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April 1968

Clinical Endocrinology, ed 3.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(4):377. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640040071020

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This third edition of Clinical Endocrinology has been revised and is largely up to date. The organization is satisfactory and illustrations are well done. However, a number of concepts from previous years have not been modified to be consistent with current knowledge. The statement that eosinophilic pituitary adenomas are generally radiosensitive is not in consonance with the fact that growth hormone determinations have demonstrated the failure of such therapy to decrease growth hormone production in a considerable number of patients with acromegaly. There is also excessive emphasis on the basal metabolic rate; the suggestion is offered that this test should be the primary procedure used in diagnosing alterations of thyroid function.

Although the total presentation of a given gland or disease is good, this reviewer was surprised to find a number of statements which, taken by themselves, would be difficult to support. Examples are as follows: (1) Bony demineralization is

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