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Textbook of Endocrine Physiology (Textbook Of Endocrine Physiology (Griffin)(Cloth)) Paperback – 11 Nov 2011

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provides a succinct account of basic endocrine function (Baslib Book List)

The second and third chapters "Genes and Hormones" and "Mechanisms of Hormone Action" are clear and useful guides to understanding the molecular and biochemical bases of hormonal action ... valuable for the medical student. (General and Comparative Endocrinology 91)

the expertise of the contributors in their fields is evident throughout; and the approach and level of detail are appropriate in the UK for second-year preclinical students, for those studying endocrine options and for those in clinical years needing to refresh and apply their knowledge of physiology. (BM. A. Radcliffe, Experimental Physiology)

Excellent introductory text. (Joseph Jarabak, University of Chicago)

It is a must read for graduate students and fellows. (Doris Baktuska, M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania)

Excellent text. I would recommend it as required reading for all medical students. (Romesh Khardori, M.D., Southern Illinois University School of Medicine)

Well written by the best experts in the field. (Michael D. Lumpkin, PhD, Georgetown University Medical School)

This text succeeds in providing excellent, very readable coverage of the field of endocrinology. The clearness of writing is commendable. This text can be highly recommended for graduate level courses and for medical students beyond the first year. (Endocrine News)

In summary, this textbook incorporates modern concepts inan excellent, readable, concise, and comprehensive introduction or review of endocrine physiology. (Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)

The coverage, readability, currency, and cost make Griffin and Ojeda's newest edition a best buy for classroom use or overall review purposes. (Item)

It remains a solid text book of endocrinology written in a clear, no-nonsense style. (Physiology News, No 58)

About the Author

William J. Kovacs is Professor of Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Sergio R. Ojeda is Senior Scientist and Head of the Division of Neuroscience at Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just a bunch of info with little to no cohesion 12 Nov. 2012
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The book is full of complete and acccurate info, but its more like reading a fact list or a chart than reading an actual book. Also dont worry, there are various pages dedicated strictly to charts and graphs, probably a solid 10% of the book. The problem is they are compressing too much info into too small an area. I would rather the book be double the length and explain in more detail what is going on, than what it is now. The Hypothalamus produces chemical A. Chemical A reacts with compound B. Compound be clings to receptor C, activating and releasing messenger D into the blood to find target organ E. Next topic, the hypothalamus can also produce Chemical A1. Chemical A1 reacts with chemicals B1, B2, B3, and B4-alpha ... etc.

There is no cohesive goal, nothing holding these topics together, no overall flow of understanding what is happening and why. If the authors would like this book to only be used as a reference material, then its fine and accomplishes that job. But if this book is meant to teach a student as an introduction to endocrinology, it fails miserably and falls flat on its face. While taking my grad endocrinology course I was forced to use google and wikipedia on every topic because no one would explain how these processes work, they just tell me that they do. Its like when a child asks a parent "Why does it work this way?" and the parents response is "Because I said so." Thats about on par with how useful this book is.

If the field of endocrinology is just supposed to be rote memorization, then ok, I'm in the wrong field. But in order for me to learn and understand something, I need all the data, not just the facts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference 21 May 2013
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I Used it solely for reference. I didnt like it as my primary source because it was often too dense.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 7 Feb. 2015
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Good content, but written in a disorganized fashion
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 23 Sept. 2014
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Bent , ripped cover. Bad condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars great condition and great timing 21 Feb. 2012
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This book was delivered in less than a week and in great conditions. The content is clear and organized, better than the 5th edition (which I have n_n). I recommend this book if you are studying endocrine. And, I recommend ordering from Amazon. They have been great with each one of my purchases.
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