The first edition of this text emerged in 1950, the second in 1957, and the third in 1965. It has grown to a size that threatens a hernia to its users. It now has 31 expert contributing authors, and presents 20 comprehensive chapters extensively referenced on the field of pediatric endocrinology. The work contains a wealth of material suitable for ownership by all those in the field and those planning to enter the field of pediatric endocrinology. Departmental and institutional libraries similarly should have a copy.
The same comprehensiveness makes it less suitable for the generalist pediatrician. There is redundancy of content in the chapters, some of which are lucidly written and some of which are not. The extensive treatment of complex subject matter will make it difficult for a generalist pediatrician to both comprehend and treat a clinical problem without excessive investment of time.
Two other shortcomings appear to