I have recently started doing some work in diabetes and as a complete novice to endocrinology (though a trained scientist), this book was perfect for me. In terms of the level it's aimed at, I think anyone with A-level biology could pick this up and after refreshing themselves on some basic biology in the first couple of chapters, it jumps straight into the specifics of modern endocrinology theory and management. This book would also suit an empowered patient seeking to become expert in their disease, perhaps with a little assistance from Khan Academy on some of the basics (they also have some excellent videos on health BTW).
Although substantially targeted towards diabetes, there are also extensive chapters on other hormones (and their dysfunction) including cancers of the endocrine system. This is a modern, full-colour textbook, replete with illustrations, box-outs, learning objectives and quizzes, which leads to a much more engaging experience than those I had at university. Given its physical size (24cm x 8.5cm x 2cm) it's incredible how much detail and content has been squeezed in here.
That said, there is another feature which sealed the deal for me and has me interested in the other books in the range; that is the "Desktop edition" that is a perfect virtual copy of the textbook. Perhaps unsurprisingly it's not really the "desktop" version that's all that interesting, but on my iPad it's fantastic. Pictures look great, it's got a nice navigation system, and I know I always have it with me if I want to go back and check on something. Personally I prefer to flick through the physical book itself rather than go fully virtual but it's nice to know it's there if I'm on a plane or something away from my office. All in all, excellent, and I would recommend highly.
This is an excellent overview of the endocrine system aimed at medical students. In ~ 300 pages it concisely covers all key areas of endocrinology with around a third of the book being focused specifically on diabetes. To aid learning each chapter has common divisions: `Key topics', `Learning objectives', `to recap', and `cross reference within the text book'. There are numerous high quality figures, tables, and a list of abbreviations, which together illustrate how hormones are produced in the body, how they are regulated, the diseases which arise when things go wrong, and how they may be managed/treated. There are around 6 brief case histories per chapter with answers. E versions of the book are available some which are free on purchasing the book. (See below for review of e versions).
The book is aimed at students. Endocrinology is a complex subject and this would be heavy going for some one with out basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, disease or huge enthusiasm to learn about it. I would not give this to my relatives with diabetes for example, although the list of complications arising from the disease might make them watch what they eat, it could also give a sense of helplessness if the information is not put into context by an experienced health care professional familiar with them, and their situation.
The text is dived into three parts and 15 chapters.
Part I Endocrinology
Ch1 Overview of endocrinology Ch2 Cell biology and hormones synthesis, Ch 3 Molecular basis of hormones action, Ch 4 Investigations in endocrinology and diabetes
Part 2 Endocrinology Biology to clinical practice
Ch 5 The hypothalamus and pituitary gland, Ch 6 The adrenal gland, Ch 7 Reproductive endocrinology, Ch 8 Thyroid gland, Ch 9 calcium and metabolic bones disorders, Ch 10 pancreatic and GI endocrinology and endocrine neoplasia.
Part 3 Diabetes and obesity
Ch 11 Overview of diabetes, Ch 12 Type I diabetes, Ch 13 Type II diabetes, Ch 15 Obesity
There are few negatives- It would be helpful if at the end of each chapter there were further reading lists with more in depth publications or text books cited.
Inside the book is is code which can be redeemed on line to download a colour version of the book. (This is not a kindle or i book.) The e provider is Vitalsource. The book can be downloaded onto PC (Window XP/Vista/7) and MAC OSX 10.5 and later) and also i and Android devices. A Kindle version is available however that would be an additional/separate purchase, and has not been reviewed.
To download the book to a pc an installer from the Vitalsource web site has to first be downloaded. Then an account has to be created, the redeem code from the paperbook entered, and then the book can be downloaded. For download to an i device there is a free app available in the app store search Vital Source Book shelf. (12.8MB). (There is supposedly an additional e variaition `coursesmart' which has additional features, priced at 40% off for book purchasers, its not entirely clear what extra is avaialble. The UK web site at the time of writing suggests coursesmart coming soon, book rental is mentioned as a feature but with no details.)
The e versions are available off line and allow searching, hyperlinks from headings to topics, enlargement/reduction of text size/colour, and diagrams, adding personal highlights with several categories and notes. There appears to be a facility to share highlighted sections with friends who are also registered with Vitalsource. Personal highlights very quickly synced between each electronic versions. On the PC version you can turn on a reading facility. I found this a little like the reading facility in Kindle, but not as good, an American voice reading too fast (Stephen Fry would be preferable!) I couldn't find this facility on the Android and i versions. On the pc and i versions the contents page can be viewed at the side or turned off, or on i removed if the orientation is turned from landscape to portrait. The i and Android versions crashed several times but could be due to the devices as much as the applications. I personally find phone sized devices too small for long term reading (cramming on the way to the exam hall perhaps an exception) On my Android phone the app took 22MB of storage with the data 216kb (seems low) it wouldn't allow me to move the information to the SD card. Further investigation into app, document sizes and phone capacities could be time well spent if ones entire text book collection was to be stored on such a device.
As a herbalist, I found this book has explained a great deal about endocrinology in greater detail than the anatomy and pathophysiology books that I used during my training. This is going to be particularly helpful as part of research into alternative treatment of Type II diabetes, and related endocrine disorders.
The book itself is in full colour and written in a more approachable style than many of the books I have browsed on the subject, with a variety of tables that provide information in a more swiftly accessed manner. Case histories and a full discussion of each of a variety of different endocrine disorders are provided, which allows the reader to attach 'faces' to the various disorders instead of just merely having a list of symptoms and diagnostic tests to remember.
I would strongly recommend, however, that readers have a solid background in basic endocrinology before they tackle this book as this will provide sound building blocks that will make the text more understandable.
All in all, a worthwhile investment, especially for anyone with a specialisation in the various endocrine disorders.
This book is excellent and is a mine of information. A few points - perhaps a little more detail in places would have been helpful, e.g. the reasons behind testing fructosamine levels as well as glycated haemoglobin in haemoglobinopathies as traits are relevant and are quite common. I didn't see a mention of the 'dawn phenomenon' nor a discussion of glucagon in conjunction with liver disease, but I may have missed them as I admit to not reading every word. Re p. 277 and people trying to improve their control - it can take days for the autonomic symptoms of low blood sugar awareness to return following hypos, particularly if they are severe ones. Limited information on insulin preparations and perhaps a mention of how some patients will find certain formulations will suit them better than others might have been helpful but this is a theory book rather than an 'in practice' management book. It's still hard to see how this book could be improved on though and there are enough visual changes to keep your eyes focused!
on 27 February 2015
Essential Endocrinology and Diabetes comes with a Wiley e-text version in each purchase of the print edition. This makes this a highly useful title for both at home with the physical copy and on-the-go where you can use the electronic version through the vital source bookshelf app or online for at least 1 year after purchase.
In my opinion as a final year medical student, this title would be useful to a student regardless of your year at medical school with the first few chapters focusing on the essentials of endocrinology such as the cell and molecular biology before moving onto investigations and then an organ specific approach. Within the chapters that are organ specific the embryology, structure & function and physiology of each of the organs are covered to a level all students should at least be familiar with, if not know. The final part of the title covers the commonest endocrinology complaint in diabetes and it's complications.
The disadvantage of the title that I found is that it could have done with more questions on a separate website (this book has no website) as many other Wiley titles do and it would have been useful to have had a discussion on hypo & hyperthyroidism even if only briefly to have gone alongside the Diabetes. Additionally such a website would have been beneficial as it could have included chapter summaries and or learning objectives for them.
In conclusion this is a useful title covering endocrinology and diabetes for a medical student, it has relevance regardless of your year of medical school, though it may be a more beneficial purchase if you get a copy early on in medical school, in any case if you wish to see whether my analysis is accurate, why not get a copy out of your library.
Competing Interests: Medical Student Reviewer - Received Gratis copy of this Title to review from publisher
Yes, this book will compliment most other medical text books for undergraduates and help understand the subject of endocrinology and diabetes better. I enjoyed doing the self assessment exercises and problems and the explanations were good as well. Good illustrations and easy lay out. This book is not essential for undergraduates but I am sure many will find these very handy during their exams and study. If you can afford one (not every expensive), I would recommend it.
on 20 February 2012
Must have book for any student of medicine in general or endocrinology in particular. Exceptionally well
planned lay out by Holt and Hanley dividing the contents into Foundation, Biochemical + Clinical Endo and finally
a complete section on Diabetes. The added bonus is the online addition which is worth the print fee alone.
Clear, colourful graphics, case studies and clinical tables make this a worthwhile 'essential' for any student's library.
I've always found endocrinology perhaps the most fascinating subject in medicine, and if I worked hard enough I'd like to have pursued it. But having retained my fascination I was interested if the latest facts were being filtered down to today's students - fortunately they are.
This is very easy to read even for laymen and everything's laid out in an eye-pleasing format. It covers diabetes, of course, and also all the other key issues related with endocrinology. Case studies really make the book come to life, being the next best thing to following a doctor's shadow around wards.
Would be a good gift for a medical student, for sure.
I cannot imagine anyone who is not a medical student or health care professional finding more than a passing interest in this book, but it is a concise, scholarly, thorough and clearly presented account of pretty much all that is important in the areas of endocrinology and diabetes. On-line links, excellent illustrations serve to enhance the whole effect. It would be most useful for revision of topics and expansion of knowledge beyond the lecture room. It is highly recommended.