The editors state in the preface that "The objective of this volume is to provide a forum for thorough discussions of controversial issues which the editors believe will be of interest to physicians who care for thyroid patients." They have achieved their objective. The book is a delight.
Each of the ten chapters poses a specific question related to a common controversial issue in the diagnosis or management of a disorder of the thyroid. The subjects are discussed by 47 contributors from 12 countries, and most of the contributors are recognized as authorities in their fields. In each chapter the subject is addressed first by the editors and their colleagues. Their discussions are followed by the commentaries of several other physicians, and finally a summary by one of the editors is presented. One could regard the summaries as unnecessary because the commentaries speak for themselves. Nonetheless, they are useful for