The authors intended this book to be a brief summary of mammalian endocrinology, which can serve as an introduction to the subject for students of physiology and biochemistry. A large portion of the material presented comes from human endocrinology, but the authors wisely avoid any detailed consideration of the treatment of human endocrine disorders.
This is a good and useful student handbook which covers the classical areas of endocrinology in a well organized and concise fashion. Unfortunately, it could be considerably better than it is, without a great deal of effort from the authors. Many of the illustrations are borrowed from other sources and lack freshness. Some inaccuracies in dates and figures were easy to spot, and a few of the clinical comments could bear editing by a clinician.
The references are well chosen, and the summarizing tables of information are perhaps the strongest feature of the book.