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November 1947

Essentials of Endocrinology.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(5):647. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010661015

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This is the second edition of a volume first published in 1941. In the preface the author says, "Clinical endocrinology is frequently befuddled by accepting unproved assumptions as basic facts and building upon the insecure foundations thus established a maze of fanciful and ill-founded conjectures. When reduced to its experimentally established facts clinical endocrinology can be placed on a scientifically sound basis." This aim has been fully realized in this book, for the author has been ruthless in discarding time honored ideas when recent advances in endocrinology failed to support them. Despite the fascination of the more imaginative phases of the text on clinical endocrinology of an earlier period, these have been gradually abandoned as experimentally established facts revealed their inaccuracy.

The discussions of physiology which are presented gland by gland before the clinical aspect is outlined are particularly valuable. The selection of the essential facts from the tremendous amount

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