This is an admirable book. As Shelling states in the preface, the parathyroids recently have attracted a great deal of general interest. The physiologists, chemists, pathologists and even the clinicians have made definite contributions to the knowledge of the parathyroids, all within a few years. The aim of this monograph is to bring together all this knowledge in a manner that both the investigator and the clinician will find palatable.
The book is well planned. First there is an excellent chapter on history; then come three chapters dealing with the anatomy, pathology and physiology of the parathyroids. These are followed by a section dealing with the parathyroid hormone and finally by chapters on hypoparathyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, the relation of the parathyroids to other glands of internal secretion and the clinical use and misuse of parathyroid hormone and of parathyroidectomy. Each chapter is accompanied by a good list of references to the