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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.