Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anthony Pick, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This first edition Oxford Core text in endocrinology provides concise, comprehensive coverage of clinical endocrinology for medical students, primarily focusing on common, clinically important entities.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to describe the core knowledge of clinical endocrinology for medical undergraduates in an entertaining, concise, and memorable fashion. These worthy objectives are met. The authors are credible authorities and are senior clinicians at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Audience: The primary audience is medical students, but the book would also be potentially useful to postgraduates for review purposes.
Features: This softcover book is very attractively and clearly laid-out, with excellent color photographs, color illustrations, and tables. The clear and concise text is complemented by clinical case scenarios and useful multiple choice questions with detailed answers. There are no references, but this is appropriate for an undergraduate text.
Assessment: The book admirably covers clinical endocrinology at a level appropriate for medical students and clearly meets the goals of being informative, entertaining, concise, and relevant. There is an appropriate emphasis on common clinical problems. The book is written in the context of the English medical education system, but should be of wide appeal and useful to all interested medical students. This is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of medical students and to medical bookstores and medical libraries.