This monograph was written to meet the needs of the medical student and the internist for both an understanding of the physiology of the adrenal cortex and medulla and an appreciation of the effects of their hormones at various levels of organization—from the cell to man. Since the price places it beyond the reach of any but the most affluent medical student, it is fair to ask if it is an adequate monograph for the internist.
The author has exhaustively documented each clinical syndrome and has constructed tables with the pertinent features of each and extensive references. Unfortunately, these references are not critically evaluated, e.g., Table 22-1, which purports to present the cases of adrenogenital syndrome in adults with adrenal hyperplasia. Fourteen of the 17 patients were studied before 1950, and 17-ketosteroids were incorrect in four.
The discussions of the physiological effects of the hormones and the clinical syndromes are