Reviewer: William D. Kerr, Jr., MD (Northwestern University Medical School)
Description:This 3rd edition (previous editions 1979 and 1989) is the most comprehensive and definitive single-source, available reference of endocrinology (the study of ductless glands and hormones or, contemporarily, the study of cell-to-cell communication by messenger molecules traversing an extra-cellular space, permitting cellular cooperation, biological diversity, and survival.
Purpose:These books' purpose is to present, traditionally and newly integrated, the accumulated understanding of the human endocrine system and the diseases that emanate from its disordered function. This worthy objective is achieved within a fabric of historical perspective and of extensive, evolving, reliable and tested scientific base, clearly articulated as art and science of endocrinology broadly related to physiological and pathological function.
Audience:This text is especially valuable to endocrinologists (fellows, clinicians, researchers, and teachers), internists, other specialists, and medical school, hospital and departmental libraries world-wide. The 246 international authors and editors, each an accomplished researcher or acknowledged teacher, are credible experts in their fields.
Features:These scholarly, eminently readable books have a distinguished appearance. The 160 concise, thorough chapters, relating to nine traditional and six nonclassical endocrine organs and their secretions, are complementary and seldom redundant. The table of contents provides an excellent scheme for organizing contemporary molecular endocrinology, for presenting glandphysiology and dysfunction, and for integrating endocrine aspects of important functions such as reproduction, feeding, obesity, and aging. There is reasoned emphasis on illustrations, figures, and/or tables to clarify each topic, leading to enhanced understanding and retention of material.
Assessment:These books are essential for endocrinologists, academicians, and medical libraries as the definitive reference work, enhancing initial and continued endocrinological education, practice, and discovery. This new edition is needed to present extensive new material and to serve as framework for understanding, judging, and synthesizing further developments in endocrinology.
Second edition of a standard reference work. Revised from the 1979 edition. New topics include: interleukins, hormonal mediators of inflammation in chemotaxis; hormones controlling blood production; hormonal regulation of appetite. Three volumes contain authoritative studies on: principles of hormone actions; the pituitary, neuroendocrinology; thyroid gland; parathyroids; pancreas; adrenal cortex; catecholamines and adrenal medulla; sexual differentiation and puberty; reproductive function in the female; endocrinology of pregnancy; the male reproductive system; multihormonal systems and disorders. Over 1230 illustrations. Extensive references. A fine companion to DeGroot's Thyroid. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)