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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John Leonora, PhD (Loma Linda University)
Description: This is an update on the current understanding of endocrine physiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to present current endocrine physiology at a level suitable, presumably, for medical and graduate students who are early in their training. This is noble objective. However, when one considers the diversity in the academic background of many of these students, this objective is difficult to attain. Most of the book meets the author's objective. There are parts where this goal may not be reached due to the difficulty of the material, particularly in the area of molecular biology.
Audience: The book, according to the authors, is geared primarily to medical students and graduate students in the basic sciences (physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology). In general, I concur with the authors.
Features: All of the major endocrine systems are presented well with up-to-date information. A shortcoming of the book is that in certain areas the gene expression and molecular transformation of protein hormones is overdone. The reading can be hard going and frustrating if the reader doesn't have the necessary background. This information is relevant only for those who have a particular interest in this area and may be contemplating research. The general student who will be reading this book is primarily interested in an overview and not in minute detail.
Assessment: The quality of the book is good. A number of years ago, I recommended a previous edition to medical and graduate physiology students. The book is useful provided you can get students to read it. I believe this book will stack up well against comparable books. This edition justifies replacing the earlier editions.