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April 1969

Endocrine Pathology.

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(4):474. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300140120032

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One might perhaps question the editorial wisdom of referring a book on endocrine pathology to a functional endocrinologist for review. However, since this review will be read by internists rather than pathologists, the prejudices of the reviewer may be appropriate.

It is stated in the introduction that the book is directed toward the general pathologist but that it should be of value to the endocrinologist also. The very complexity of endocrinology, recognized by the editor, has made it exceedingly difficult for a pathologist to discuss physiology perceptively. Thus, in many chapters written solely by pathologists, the discussion of physiology is either incorrect or antiquated. The generally excellent chapter on the neurohypophysis and hypothalamus, for example, is marred by many errors in the discussion of pathophysiology of diseases in this area. Two notable exceptions to the above generalization are the fine discussions of the argentaffin cell and the juxtaglomerular complex. When

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