This is not a textbook, and yet it is considerably more than the title might imply. So complete is it in summing up the progress in each phase of clinical endocrinology that it can be consulted almost as a textbook. The nearly 100 contributors have been selected because of their immediate and live interest in their respective topics, and one gains the impression that none has been assigned to a subject simply because no one else could be found to cover it. In the list of authors the "old masters" are well represented, but there are also many less well known but active investigators.
The discussions on the whole are stimulating, with much information that is new and often controversial, thus making more lively reading than do the cautious statements in standard texts. Bibliographies at the end of each chapter are well selected and more up-to-date than is usually the