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October 1941

Essentials of Endocrinology.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(4):899. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000160200017

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The aim of this textbook of endocrinology is, according to the author, "to bring together into a single volume the vast subject matter dealing with the hormones." This enormous task has been well accomplished. The chief divisions of the book deal with the endocrine glands of the cranial cavity, the branchiogenic organs, the endocrine organs of the abdominal cavity, the hormones of the reproductive system and the hormones derived from nonendocrine organs. The anatomy, histology, embryology and comparative anatomy of the individual glands are mentioned briefly; a thorough discussion of their physiology and pharmacology follows, and a concise description of the clinical syndromes attributed to disturbances of each gland is added. The author does not attempt to simplify complicated problems, and his cautious and critical attitude toward moot questions deserves special comment. References are appended to each chapter for the benefit of the reader interested in special topics. It should

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