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Physicians dealing only occasionally with endocrine diagnostic problems will find this well organized handbook a useful quick reference. While provocative testing is appropriately emphasized, the important details of patient preparation (drugs, diet, and activity levels) are not presented in sufficient depth to serve as a reference source for those actively involved in doing these tests.
The availability of sensitive and specific radioimmunoassays has altered the laboratory approach to endocrine diagnosis more than this book suggests. Many of the traditional 24-h urine tests (such as the measurement of 17-hydroxycorticoids in suspected Cushing's syndrome) are now marginally useful at best.
Handbook of Endocrine Tests in Adults and Children.. Ann Intern Med. ;84:764–765. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-6-764_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(6):764-765.
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