A two-volume introduction to the essentials of endocrinology with an emphasis on cellular and molecular processes. Volume I contains 13 chapters which discuss endocrine feedback control; mechanisms of feedback of steroids in the hypothalamic-pituitary system; corticotropin-releasing hormone neurosecretory cells; functional morphology of hypophysiotropic hormone-synthesizing neurons; the pineal and parathyroid glands; pituitary-thyroid relationships; the adrenal medulla and cortex; steroid hormone and related receptors; corticosteroid and glucocorticoid receptors; and molecular mechanisms of thyroid hormone action. Sixteen chapters in Volume II discuss insulin and insulinlike growth factors; insulin resistance and deficiency; glucagon; somatostatin; the vasopressin-oxytocin systems of the neurohypophysis; prolactin; growth hormone; neuropeptide Y; natriuretic peptides and hormone; vasoactive intestinal polypeptide; parathyroid hormone action; the endothelins; genetics; and the tissue matrix. The volumes are available separately ($128.50 each) but the index is in the second volume. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.