On first impressions “The Endocrine System At A Glance” doesn’t apply to one part of the Leeds course in particular but when you think about it, there’s actually plenty of endocrine stuff about, particularly in the second and third years (e.g. Cushing’s, Conn’s and Addison’s). The information provided in this book is concise and relevant (clearly an important quality in a book) and the illustrations are useful aides-memoir for the clinical conditions described.
So why only two stars? Firstly, I think the information that this book provides would mostly be found in your general medicine textbook anyway so it’s already facing competition from something you’ll already have! Secondly, this book is very poorly organised. The information is all there in the text somewhere but it can prove difficult to find. I looked up several conditions in the index, only to find that they were discussed halfway down a paragraph, rather than having their own subheadings to identify them. I would prefer a book like this to start with the normal physiology etc. and then go on to each condition one by one, explaining its aetiology, signs and symptoms and then investigations and management: all clearly laid out with appropriate headings and sub headings. My third and final criticism is that there’s too much emphasis on biochemical physiology and molecular interactions, something that would doubtlessly be important on an endocrinology course, but for a medical text, I’d rather see the focus shift more towards the clinical end of the spectrum.
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (21.05.2006)
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