The rapid growth of knowledge in recent years concerning the physiology and biochemistry of the thyroid hormones and the pathogenesis and treatment of thyroid diseases has no doubt been responsible for the recent spate of books dealing with these subjects. Among the most comprehensive and stimulating of these is The Thyroid Gland. This two volume presentation is comprised of 28 chapters by an international aggregation of 36 contributors, each an acknowledged authority in the field with which he deals. The books are edited by Rosalind Pitt-Rivers and W. R. Trotter, who are themselves distinguished authorities in basic and clinical thyroidology. This expertise and scholarship is reflected in the comprehensive manner in which the subjects are usually discussed and in the extensive bibliographies which accompany them.
Volume 1 is concerned principally with the structure and function of the thyroid gland, the peripheral metabolism, and the metabolic effects of thyroid hormones.