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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ronald N. Cohen, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: Designed to supplement medical students' clinical experience in endocrinology, this book is divided into three sections. Part 1 is a discussion of the various endocrine systems and disorders in brief, focused, easy-to-read outline format. Part 2 is a series of clinical cases that highlight key points and part 3 consists of self-assessment questions.
Purpose: The book is intended to help medical students review endocrinology, practice clinical endocrine reasoning, and prepare for further clinical training. These objectives are met by a combination of approaches, including worthwhile, real-life cases of important endocrine disorders.
Audience: The book is written primarily for medical students, though it would also be helpful for medical housestaff as well. It is a nice way to review important points in endocrinology.
Features: All major endocrine disorders are covered, though for in-depth discussions, another book should be used. However, this book is excellent at brief and focused discussions of important endocrine clinical topics. The well chosen case discussions highlight key points.
Assessment: This is a nice book for medical students who want to learn more about endocrinology using a case-based approach. It should be noted that the units of various hormonal assays are not the ones predominantly used in the U.S., so some U.S. students will find this a limitation. However, the book provides an excellent way to learn about important endocrine topics that students will soon be seeing in both the hospital and the clinic.