The Endocrine System at a Glance / Edition 3

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The Endocrine System at a Glance provides a highly illustrated and unambiguous introduction to the basic principles and mechanisms of endocrinology and the key endocrine organs, followed by sections on reproductive and metabolic endocrinology. Clinical scenarios contextualise the basic science and illustrate how endocrine conditions present, are diagnosed, and are treated on the wards.

This third edition:

  • Includes new material on basic diagnostic tests used in the diagnosis of endocrine disorders
  • Features new material on cancer and endocrinology
  • Includes MCQs for each chapter

The Endocrine System at a Glance is ideal for all medical students studying endocrinology and revising for final exams, as well as preparing for clinical attachments. The book is also suitable for those training in allied health professions and nurses specialising in endocrinology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"For pre-clinical students it is a perfect accompaniment to lectures as it reinforces understanding. For clinical students each chapter begins with a clinical scenario which allows the individual to understand the problem in a clinical setting and therefore understand the physiology behind the condition." GKT Gazette

"This is a handy guide for undergraduate medical students revising for examinations, or even for learning basic an affordable price, students should find it a useful addition to their bookshelves." Diabetic Medicine, January 2007

"I would recommend this book, because it explains things so clearly and simply. There is no section I have read that I don’t understand upon reading. The same topics I have struggled with when studying from other books would now be easier to understand having read material that helps me grasp the concepts as more of a whole." 3rd year Medical Student, Nottingham University

"...This is an excellent text for medical or science students taking courses in endocrinology"
Aslib Book Guide

"...The book would be a good basic orientation for the clinical student, and would, I think, find a useful place amongst the literature of undergraduate biochemists and lift scientists"
Oxford Medical School Gazette

"...At first sight, I really thought that Endocrinology was going to be a doddle. With only 10 lectures in the course, how much information could there be to learn. The answer, quite simply is that there is a lot to know, and as I detest long Medical Textbooks, this is the answer. You relied on Pharmacology at a Glance, now you can do the same for your endocrinology. When a good picture tells the story, why do you need a huge monologue to bore you? Try this, you'll like it!"
Scope Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444332155
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Series: At a Glance Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 986,480
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Greenstein is Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Pain Management Unit at the Royal Free School of Medicine, London

Diana Wood is Director of Medical Education and Clinical Dean at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition 6

Preface to the First Edition 7

Part 1 Fundamentals

1. Introduction 8

2. Chemical transmission 10

3. Mechanisms of hormone action:

I Membrane receptors 12

4. Mechanisms of hormone action:

II Intracellular receptors 14

5. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland 16

6. Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone: a peptide hormone 18

7. Principles of feedback control 20

8. Endocrine function tests 22

Part 2 Growth

9. Growth: I Cellular growth factors 24

10. Growth: II Normal growth 26

11. Growth: III Growth hormone 28

12. Growth: IV Pathophysiology 30

Part 3 Thyroid

13. Thyroid: I Thyroid gland and thyroid hormones 32

14. Thyroid: II Thyroid hormone secretion and action 34

15. Thyroid: III Thyroid pathophysiology 36

Part 4 Adrenals and autoimmunity

16. Adrenal gland: I Adrenal medulla 38

17. Adrenal gland: II Adrenocortical hormones 40

18. Adrenal gland: III Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) 42

19. Adrenal gland: IV Cortisol and androgens 44

20. Adrenal gland: V Aldosterone 46

21. Adrenal gland: VI Pathophysiology 48

22. Endocrine autoimmunity 50

Part 5 Sexual differentiation and development

23. Sexual differentiation and development:

I Introduction 52

24. Sexual differentiation and development: II Puberty 54

Part 6 Female reproduction

25. Female reproduction: I Menstrual cycle 56

26. Female reproduction: II Ovarian steroids 58

27. Female reproduction: III Pregnancy 60

28. Female reproduction: IV Parturition and lactation 62

29. Female reproduction: V Pathophysiology 64

30. Female reproduction: VI Contraception 66

Part 7 Male reproduction

31. Male reproduction: I The testis 68

32. Male reproduction: II Actions of androgens 70

33. Male reproduction: III Pathophysiology 72

Part 8 Posterior pituitary hormones, salt and water balance and hypertension

34. Oxytocin 74

35. Vasopressin 76

36. Renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system 78

37. Endocrine hypertension 80

Part 9 Metabolic endocrinology: Pancreas and gastrointestinal tract

38. Insulin: I The pancreas and insulin secretion 82

39. Insulin: II Insulin action 84

40. Insulin: III Type 1 diabetes mellitus 86

41. Insulin: IV Type 2 diabetes mellitus 88

42. Glucagon 90

43. Gastrointestinal hormones 92

Part 10 Metabolic endocrinology: Energy homoeostasis and obesity

44. Energy homoeostasis: I Summary 94

45. Energy homoeostasis: II Central control 96

46. Obesity: I Causes of obesity 98

47. Obesity: II Cardiovascular and

respiratory complications 100

48. Obesity: III Insulin resistance and

endocrine complications 102

Part 11 Calcium and metabolic bone disease

49. Calcium: I Parathyroid hormone 104

50. Calcium: II Calcitonin 106

51. Calcium: III Vitamin D 108

52. Bone remodelling 110

53. Metabolic bone disease: I Paget’s disease 112

54. Metabolic bone disease:

II Primary osteoporosis 114

55. Metabolic bone disease: III Secondary osteoporosis 116

Part 12 Self assessment

MCQs 118

Answers 133

Appendix: Normal Values 136

Glossary 137

Index 139

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