The study of the history of medicine sometimes is a cover for lack of current information or simply a distraction. However, it is also true that one's knowledge of a field cannot be complete unless one understands its historical development. The title of this book might suggest that it is a history of endocrinology. It is not, however, a systematic account of the development of endocrinology but more a collection of anecdotes, gossip, and commentaries of the sort one hears at medical meetings but rarely sees written down.
The Hormone Quest is apparently Mr. Maisel's fourth book on medical subjects. An end page tells us he has been principally interested in medicine and public health, particularly their social aspects, and has written articles on medicine and public health for Reader's Digest, Life, Look, McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, and other magazines. The Hormone Quest is pitched at a comparable level. We