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September 1950

The Value of Hormones in General Practice.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(3):530. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020541024

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The author treats a large subject matter in a brief text. His expressed purpose is to assist general practitioners in the use of the many hormonal products now available. The physiologic background of each gland is discussed, followed by an outline of disease processes and treatments.

On the whole the author has done a good job. Of necessity, his discussion is brief and, therefore, somewhat dogmatic. In some cases the criticism might be made that endocrinology at present cannot be treated so briefly. Especially, one might object that administration of thiourea has not been proved to be entirely adequate in treatment of hyperthyroidism. Too little emphasis is laid on contraindications and hazards.

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