Editors: J. Larry Jameson, MD; and Leslie J. de Groot, MD
Associate Editors: David M. de Kretser, MD; Linda C. Guidice, MD; Ashley B. Grossman, MD; Shlomo Melmed, MB, John T. Potts, Jr., MD; and Gordon C. Weir, MD
Publisher: Elsevier Saunders – 2,687 pages, plus Index (two volumes)
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

The editors write that this textbook has been an authoritative source of information in the field of endocrinology for over 35 years. This seventh edition covers a lot of ground in breadth and depth, and from the list of its Parts below, you can attest to that. A lot of updates were done in previous editions from the second to this current one, as new information was discovered through research, practical experience and writing.  And the latest information can be accessed in the eBook version of this text once you register online through the steps we provide to you below.

Among the types advances in the field that have been covered in this and previous editions are:

  • Advances in genetics
  • Discovery of new hormones
  • New assays
  • New medications
  • Revised clinical guidelines

In this seventh edition, the editors point out that they have undertaken special efforts to provide expanded coverage of pediatric endocrinology, including chapters that are almost entirely relevant to it, such as on precocious puberty.

More than three hundred specialists from the United States and 19 other countries – Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Scotland, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Kingdom – contributed content to this massive two-volume text of over 2,700 pages with 154 chapters. It is organized into 16 Parts, namely:

Volume I

  1. Principles of Endocrinology and Hormone Signaling
  2. Neuroendocrinology and Pituitary Disease
  3. Growth and Maturation
  4. Obesity, Anorexia, and Nutrition
  5. Diabetes Mellitus
  6. Parathyroid Gland, Calciotropic Hormones, and Bone Metabolism

Volume II

  1. Thyroid
  2. Adrenal
  3. Cardiovascular Endocrinology
  4. Endocrine Changes in Critically Ill Patients
  5. Reproductive Endocrinology and Sexual Function
  6. Female Reproduction
  7. Male Reproduction
  8. Endocrinology in Pregnancy
  9. Multisystem Endocrine Disorders
  10. Endocrine Testing

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Excellent organization of topics in the Contents pages and very systematic layout and presentation of materials in each of the chapters is one of the plus points of this extensive volume. The sheer amount of information offered deems it a must for such organization. The readers can search for and find what they are looking for, quite quickly in this book.

With more than a hundred and fifty chapters, it has been possible for the editors to plan for and deliver shorter chapters. And the topics covered in each chapter can be found in its first page with just a single glance in the Chapter Outline. Right below it you will find a section called Key Points.    

Let’s take a look at chapter 38, Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus.  In the Chapter Outline you will find these listed topics (in capital letters) and subtopics:

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Other Specific Types of Diabetes
  • Genetic Defects in Cell Function
  • Genetic Defects in Insulin Action
  • Diseases of the Exocrine Pancreas
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Drug- or Chemical-Induced Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Uncommon Forms of Immune-Mediated Diabetes
  • Other Genetic Syndromes Sometimes Associated with Diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Diagnostic Criteria
  • What Level of Fasting Plasma Glucose Constitutes Normality?

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J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD is Robert C. Dunlop Professor of Medicine, Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Leslie J. De Groot, MD is Research Professor at the University of Rhode Island, Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, and President of MDTEXT.COM in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.



Associate Editors:

David M. de Kretser, MBBS, MD, FRACP is Sir John Monadh Distinguished Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Linda C. Guidice, MD, PhD, MSc is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department o Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, the Robert B. Jaffe, MD Endowed Professor in the Reproductive Sciences, the Edward C. Hill, MD Administrative Chair in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of  California San Francisco in San Francisco, California.

Ashley B. Grossman, BA, BSC, MD, FRCP, FMedSci is Professor of Endocrinology at the Oxford Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford and at Churchill Hospital in Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Shlomo Melmed, MB is Senior Vice President and Dean of the Medical Faculty at Cedars Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California.

John T. Potts, Jr., MD is Director of Research and Physician-in-Chief Emeritus at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gordon C. Weir, MD is Research Section Head and Chair of the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation at Joslin Diabetes Center, and Professor Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.