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From The CriticsReviewer: Robert Michael Sargis, M.D., Ph.D.(University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is the fourth edition of an excellent and efficiently formatted handbook that allows for rapid review of most of the key topics in the field of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.
Purpose: The book attempts to cover topics in a manner that allows for quick review of relevant issues as well as guidance on management of endocrine problems. The editor and authors do an excellent job of meeting this worthy goal with chapters that are complete with diagnostic and therapeutic considerations as well as explanations of the underlying pathophysiology. Topics reviewed cover the spectrum of endocrine diseases from pediatric to adult to reproduction, providing sufficient breadth and depth to meet the needs of many audiences.
Audience: Residents and junior fellows will likely find this book of greatest utility and will appreciate the succinct reviews and practical information useful for patient management. Others with knowledge or interest in the field may also appreciate how efficient the book is for finding useful information from first-rate authors.
Features: Chapters cover every major endocrine system, and with specific chapters devoted to issues in pediatric and reproductive endocrinology, the book does an excellent job of covering topics across the lifespan. The special emphasis on prevention and reversibility is particularly useful in the clinical setting. Because the book has been created to review all of endocrinology in a very concise format, it extensively uses tables and figures to convey a wide range of information. These tables and figures allow for rapid generation of a differential diagnosis and diagnostic algorithm that clinical fellows will find quite useful for patient management. The chapters also include very practical information to handle endocrine problems in the clinic or hospital. The chapter on diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), for instance, provides very clear instructions on how to treat patients with DKA using well-defined treatment goals and methods for achieving them. Because the book is meant to cover such a wide array of topics in relatively limited space, the discussions cannot be exhaustive and specific nuances of endocrine diseases may not be covered. It is also a little dense for a pocket book. Overall, however, it makes for an excellent quick desk reference for the office or clinic.
Assessment: The fourth edition of this manual does an excellent job of bringing students, residents, and fellows up to speed on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of the breadth of endocrine diseases that span the lifespan. This would be an excellent choice for those looking for quick and practical reviews of endocrine topics to help care for patients in the hospital or in the clinic. The book is extremely well organized with chapters that allow users to get to the information they need quickly and efficiently.