This relatively large volume, on what many clinicians might consider a small subject, is certainly worthy of inspection by "many kinds of readers," as the editor suggests. As also suggested by the editor, it goes beyond the usual textbook in covering a vast literature. Although written to a large extent by the "Columbia group," a number of other well-qualified physicians and investigators have made significant contributions. No text can serve as the final authority when one wants up-to-date information concerning a specific aspect of a rapidly moving field such as the adrenal cortex. But the text should serve as a good beginning for anyone wishing to look at a problem as basic as the effect of adrenal cortical steroids on carbohydrate or lipid metabolism or a clinical review of Addison's or Cushing's disease.
Although I would take exception to the downplay of the usefulness of the metyrapone test in differentiating