Surgical Endocrinology. Clinical Syndromes. Edited by Friesen Stanley R., pages. J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and Toronto, 1978. Price, $27.00.

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To unify basic clinical concepts, simplify diagnostic criteria, and formulate therapeutic options in the surgical management of endocrine diseases are the stated goals of the authors. They state that their book is unique in presenting material with a functional approach, arranging the clinical information by syndromes based on the type of hormone elaborated, summarizing in a diagram format the pathophysiology underlying the clinical disorder and bridging the text by editorial comments on basic and clinical observations.

The first section discusses basic concepts applicable to the understanding of the pathophysiology of clinical syndromes. It includes discussions on the amine and precursor

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