By Professor Eric William Horton, DSc, PhD, FRCPE. Price, $18.20. Pp 197, with 97 illustrations. Springer-Verlag New York Inc., 175 Fifth Ave, New York 10010, 1972.
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The literature on prostaglandins has proliferated so rapidly that it is most helpful for those not familiar with the field to have available a monograph in which the author has reviewed much of the information on these ubiquitous substances. Although the author has not attempted to write a comprehensive account of prostaglandins, the monograph does cover a wide range of subjects, and the bibliography contains approximately 500 references that are cited in the text.
The first portion reviews the discovery and nomenclature of the prostaglandins, and their extraction, identification, quantitative estimation, synthesis, biosynthesis and metabolism. The remainder and larger part of the book deals with effects of prostaglandins on the gastrointestinal, respiratory and female reproductive tracts, adipose tissue, blood platelets, and the endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular and urinary systems. It closes with a summary of the biologic significance of the prostaglandins. The text is supplemented by numerous illustrations and tables.
Randall RV. Prostaglandins. Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(6):913–914. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650120111029
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