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December 1981

Pediatric Endocrinology

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(12):1156. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130360060032

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The author states in the introduction that he set out to develop a textbook of pediatric endocrinology designed to be useful to the practicing physician. I believe he accomplished this most satisfactorily. Initially, I was disappointed that the book does not satisfy the current need for an in-depth textbook of pediatric endocrinology, since the existing ones are largely obsolete. In reading it, however, I was impressed that the author has single-handedly provided a concise survey of the field of practical value to the practicing physician, even though it by no means satisfies the need for a more detailed volume. The book is well organized; tables and photographs are clear and valuable. The material presented is very accurate, and when the subject material is controversial this is made clear. The author's use of the first person, particularly in recommending management, reinforces the statement that his opinion is being expressed and others

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