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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ronald N. Cohen, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: All major endocrinology topics are covered in brief, outline format in this pocket guide for clinical practice. Most topics include a brief definition, followed by sections covering epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, evaluation, interventions, and management.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the investigation and management of both common and rare endocrine disorders in a pocket handbook that can be easily transported. Recent clinical guidelines are also included. This information is very useful to have in a pocket guide.
Audience: The handbook is intended for endocrine trainees and nonspecialists caring for endocrine patients. It is ideal for these physicians, but it also would be helpful for endocrinologists as a quick reference guide. Physicians requiring a more in-depth discussion of endocrine disorders should refer to textbooks, as this is not the purpose of this handbook.
Features: Essentially all endocrine topics are covered. Each topic is discussed in 2-5 pages, but a lot of information is included. Some minor topics, by their nature, are not extensively explored, but other books would be more suitable for such issues. It should be noted that SI units are generally used, and although conversion charts are included in the back of the book, some U.S. readers might find this a bit difficult in a pocket guide. However, the discussions of a wide variety of topics are excellent.
Assessment: This is an excellent pocket guide for endocrine disorders. This edition has been extensively updated, providing a great resource for endocrinologists and nonendocrinologists alike. The use of SI units may be a bit confusing to some U.S. readers, but useful conversion charts are included. I found it to be a very helpful handbook.