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July 1936

A B C of the Endocrines.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;52(1):251. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.04140010260022

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The simplicity implied in the title of this book on the endocrine glands lies in the manner of presentation, which is pictorial, schematic and tabular. The historical aspect is represented following the old pattern of the trees of good and evil. Linear drawings depict states of hypofunction and hyperfunction. The interrelation of the internal secretions lends itself particularly well to schematic diagrams, which have been used in most textbooks on endocrinology. The disadvantages of such a book is that one deals only with facts or supposed facts. No account is taken of the difficulties and contradictions which in the end must give rise to a better understanding of this field. For this reason the book, though informative, is not particularly stimulating.

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