This book, "Constitutional Medicine and Endocrinology," is stated to be the first of a series of mongraphs bearing this title. This volume is made up of a number of essays: "Constitutional Medicine, Metabolism and Endocrinology," "Addisonism or the Hypotonic Symptom Complex," "Pathophysiology of the Blood Picture," "Haemopoiesis and Constitution" and "Clinical Aspect of the Blood Sedimentation Rate."
The first essay by Cawadias is a thoughtful presentation, although unnecessarily verbose. The thesis is that constitutional medicine is a branch of internal medicine distinct from such subspecialties as cardiology and dermatology. It has to do with what are generally considered metabolic and endocrinologic disorders. It is concerned with the organism or patient as a whole. Its virtue would appear to consist of an emphasis on an approach to the chemical reactions of the body as a whole, and an integration of them. The remainder of the essays have very little to recommend