This is a compact, well-organized book presenting a careful selection of the vast amount of information available on metabolic and endocrine physiology. When the author turns aside from a consideration of conventional knowledge and speculates, possibilities are developed in a stimulating manner. Concise figures and tabular material illustrate and document discussions.
Attention is directed to major concepts, the largest being referred to by the author as "megacepts." Ideas and methods of molecular biology are developed in the chapter on hormones and protein synthesis. Sutherland's "second messenger" theory of hormone action is presented in the chapter on the adrenal medulla.
The book should be of value to physicians in practice, medical students and research fellows, or other physicians starting out at the bench to explore metabolic and endocrine problems.