This delightful little volume by a fine teacher and experienced writer in the field of endocrinology and calcium metabolism fulfills a great need for the teaching of students, residents, and nonspecialists in the complicated field of calcium metabolism and metabolic bone disease. In many sections there is simplification of complicated data (perhaps at times somewhat oversimplified), but generally not without loss of accuracy. Illustrations are simple and lucid. Reproductions of photographs are excellent. The many references cited by the author are quite up to date. The organization of each short chapter is good, and it makes for easy reading.
There are some minor errors and omissions. On page 38, it should be stated that sodium EDTA given intravenously is potentially harmful, especially in the patient with hypercalcemia due to cancer. On page 55, it states that hyperplasia of the parathyroid glands is due to chief cells of the water-clear type.