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The writing of a book is always an accomplishment; the editing of one represents superhuman effort. This venture of Lytt Gardner's represents a challenge to presently available texts, a singular and ambitious attempt to present the gamut of endocrine and genetic diseases under one cover.
In most respects he and his 56 collaborators have succeeded. This vast and rapidly expanding field is covered in the main, and in perfectly adequate fashion. Growth patterns occupy the first section. Falkner's norms for height and weight are given in tabular form, and data on growth velocity are included. Tanner's discussion of menarchal age and his tableaux of adolescent development are most useful. And it is helpful to have the Bayley-Pinneau tables for prediction of adult stature available in the appendix.
Disorders of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenal cortex, and gonads are taken up in turn, and there is a chapter on neonatal tetany.