This monograph on human pituitary growth hormone attempts to give the reader a comprehensive view of growth hormone biochemistry, physiology, and pathology. The chemical and biologic properties of growth hormone are reported in somewhat telegraphic style. Significant references are included, but there is little attempt at synthesis.
The discussion of the regulation of secretion of growth hormone is comprehensive and the author's interest and competence as a clinical physiologist is apparent. This chapter is followed by a fine discussion of hypopituitarism that includes the diagnosis of growth retardation and a detailed presentation of the results of therapy. A subsequent chapter on acromegaly thoroughly but routinely covers areas of diagnosis, pathology, and therapy.
This monograph can serve as a reference for those who are developing an interest in some phase of growth hormone physiology or for those who wish to answer a specific question. The 800 references assure comprehensive coverage, and