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January 1974


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San Antonio, Tex


Edited by Brij B. Saxena, Carl G. Beling, and Hortense M. Gandy. Price, $32.50. Pp 799. John Wiley & Sons Inc, Publishers, 605 Third Ave, New York 10016, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(1):159. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320130161024

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This volume presents the proceedings of a conference on gonadotropins held in New York in June of 1971. Nearly all of the active investigators in the field were present, and a more authoritative gathering is difficult to imagine. The volume will remain a mine of information for years to come, even though this is a subject undergoing extraordinarily rapid evolution.

The first 479 pages are highly technical and will be of interest chiefly to endocrinologists, physiologists, and biochemists. They cover control of gonadotropin secretion, isolation and chemistry of the gonadotropins, methods of producing antibodies to gonadotropins, mechanism of action, and a section on technology of prolactin assay.

There follow nearly 300 pages of up-to-date, well-presented information on various clinical aspects of sexual maturation, the pituitary-testicular axis, and the pituitary-ovarian axis. These sections should be required reading for anyone interested in gonadal function and its relationship to the pituitary. In general,

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