Description: This book would be the British equivalent (and possibly the better) of the U.S. title, Endocrinology for the House Officer, 3rd edition (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 1994), by Burch. The chapters are arranged according to endocrine disorder and the book is small enough to place in a large coat pocket to have at all times in the clinic or on the wards.
Purpose: The book is intended to serves as a quick reference of the common endocrine diseases for the house officer. While oftentimes the practice of endocrinology can be filled with minutiae, it is helpful to see the "bread and butter" of endocrinology represented in this novel book. Although the house officer would have additional access to the standard textbooks in endocrinology, this is a very helpful book for medical residents.
Audience: It is clearly geared towards the house officer in internal medicine or fellow in endocrinology and the house officer in neurosurgery. It would be especially helpful to the latter who could otherwise avoid reading large, less stimulating reference works in endocrinology.
Features: There are topics which are not mentioned in other house officer manuals such as obesity and lipids. The lipid chapter is useful in summarizing all that is known about diagnosis and management of common lipid abnormalities. The appendix of protocols for the various endocrine tests is extremely helpful.
Assessment: This is a superior handbook of endocrinology and should be required for all students doing a rotation in either the endocrine inpatient consult service or the endocrine outpatient service. There is a list of abbreviations that neophyte endocrine students will find very helpful.