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The new edition of Endocrine Physiology offers: Clear, accurate coverage of the physiology of the endocrine system focusing on the needs of the student. Pathophysiology content throughout that serves as a bridge between normal function and disease. Integrated student-friendly tools, including chapter summaries and study questions, key words and concepts, a comprehensive exam, and two extensive tables on normal hormone values and commonly used abbreviations and symbols.

The book contains black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David L. Osborne, PhD (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)
Description: This classically arranged book is designed as a review or concise primary text on basic endocrine physiology with an emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms of hormone action. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The five stated objectives are to describe endocrine gland anatomy, hormone structure, glandular regulation, hormonal actions on target cells, and metabolism of each hormone. The authors achieve this goal with a minimum of fluff, which makes this a good review for students to cover the basics or use as a good introduction to endocrine function.
Audience: The authors state that this book is designed for preclinical medical students and other allied health students. The only limitation is that there is little discussion of the general function of target tissues, but this is not the intent of the book. However, if students want this information, they need to consult a general reference. The authors are recognized experts in the field of endocrinology and present the information appropriately.
Features: The topics are organized by subject, not gland, which emphasizes the integrative nature of endocrinology. Topics relate to the GI tract, energy metabolism, calcium and phosphate regulation, hypothalamic function, or reproductive function. The book employs a good mix of graphics and diagrams to illustrate the detailed relationships in the glands and the target tissue. There is a good discussion of the structure-function relationship of the hormones and an abundance of molecular mechanisms displayed in the figures.
Assessment: This book provides good, concise coverage of basic endocrine function. It would be very useful to students who need a short accurate representation of the material.
Roy E. Weiss
This is a brief textbook designed to illustrate basic principles of the physiology of the endocrine system. Dr. Porterfield has put together her 20 years of experience in teaching endocrine physiology to first-year medical students in a very easily readable textbook. It is aimed at first-year medical students and allied health professionals. The key word here is concise, in that in such a short book almost all areas of endocrinology are covered. The more recent advances in molecular medicine as they pertain to endocrinology are reviewed in the relevant chapters. Discussion of receptors and postreceptor action is well done with illustrative cartoons. Each chapter is organized with a list of objectives at the beginning. At the end of the chapter there is a summary followed by a section of key words and concepts and several self-study problems, the answers for which are provided at the end of the book. In addition there is a series of well-written, multiple-choice board-type questions with answers. All of this is in addition to the copious amount of drawings, graphs, and photographs. Although there is no one topic that is covered in detail, perhaps the chapter on pregnancy is proportionately greater than it needed to be, and missing is a section on lipids, which traditionally is an "endocrine" topic. In the next edition the bibliography would be more useful for the audience of preclinical medical students and allied health professionals if it were annotated to indicate which were the important sources for further information. All things considered, this is an excellent textbook in introductory endocrinology that has the correct amount of basic material and enough clinicalinformation for the allied health professional. It would be a book that students would more likely want to purchase from the bookstore rather than take out of the library because of its price and usefulness as a home reference.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323036665
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/8/2007
  • Series: Mosby's Physiology Monograph Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,161,423
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Endocrine System

2. Anterior Pituitary Gland

3. Posterior Pituitary Gland

4. Thyroid Gland

5. Endocrine Pancreas

6. Endocrine Regulation of Calcium and Phosphate Metabolism

7. Adrenal Gland

8. Male Reproductive System

9. Female Reproductive System

10. Endocrinology of Pregnancy

Appendix A: List of Abbreviations and Symbols

Appendix B: Answers to Self Study Problems

Appendix C: Comprehensive Multiple Choice Examination

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Med school book

    This was a great all in one book about an extensive subject. I thought it was well written and easy to understand.

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