The present book is the third section of the 14th volume of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, a monumental multivolume compendium critically reviewing the status of each subject up until the time the section was written. Because of the exigencies of publishing a multiauthored work that represents an exhaustive compilation of the international literature, the effectiveness of this approach is somewhat narrowed. The various sections review the literature to March 1964, 1964, 1967, and 1965, while the doubling time for scientific literature is surely less than ten years. Since this obviates the possibility of arriving at the present status of knowledge from the volume, it is evidently intended to provide a carefully constructed floor on which the current literature can safely be built.
Especially noteworthy in this endeavor is the lucidly written section on the glucocorticoids by Janoski and associates, and that on the control of aldosterone secretion by Ganang