Dr. Bauer is well known to many American physicians who attended his lectures on "Endocrinology and Constitutional Pathology" in Vienna, where he was professor of medicine at the university from 1923 through 1938. This book is in part a response to requests for publication of these lectures in book form. The emphasis, however, is on constitution rather than on endocrinology, as the author is of the opinion that the latter field is adequately covered in American literature.
Constitution for the author is synonymous with the genetic "make" of the individual. It is not a definite physical entity but is the "panel and plan of the set up of the individual personality" determined at the time of fertilization of the ovum. It is "a potential energy at work throughout the whole life time determining the physiologic evolutions and involution, the structure and function of the organs, their mutual relation and the