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Essential Endocrinology: A Primer for Nonspecialists.

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By Kannan C. R.. . 532 pages. Plenum Medical Book Company; , New York: , 1986.. $49.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):989. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-989_3
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Dr. Kannan has undertaken the enormously challenging task of writing a textbook on endocrinology and diabetes for nonendocrinologists. Most of the clinically salient areas of endocrinology are covered, using the standard organ-system approach (seven chapters); one chapter each is devoted to diabetes mellitus and miscellaneous endocrinopathies. Although there are a few similar books (I am familiar with three), all are multiauthored. The process of assembling so much information is awesome, and Dr. Kannan deserves respect for the effort.

There is solid information in this book. However, the uniqueness of single authorship, coupled with the omission of significant collegial input and


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