This volume is a textbook on clinical endocrinology produced by a clinician from one of the medical schools in Brazil. It is liberally illustrated not only with photographs of cases and tissues but with case records from the author's practice. In general it represents a laudable attempt to produce a systematic discussion of clinical endocrine disturbances with an understanding of anatomy, physiology, chemistry and pathology as the background for rational therapy. Liberal citations from the literature not only of Brazil and other South American countries but from the literature of North America and Europe are to be found chapter by chapter. The author is evidently alert to the problems which have been intensively discussed within the last year or two by endocrinologists and other clinicians.
A few criticisms of the book will illustrate the type of difficulty that may be encountered. In several places there are confusions about the exact